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Hole in fence brings airport to a standstill; Passengers caught in alert.

Byline: Lucinda Cameron

HUNDREDS of passengers and workers were evacuated from Edinburgh airport after a hole in a fence sparked a security alert.

Eleven planes containing passengers had to wait on the tarmac while around 500 people in the terminal were evacuated during the scare late on Tuesday night.

And passengers on one flight were told that the emergency measures were taken because a hole had been discovered in the perimeter fence.

The airport was back to normal by early yesterday and passengers who had been in the departure lounge were reprocessed through security.

SNP MP Pete Wishart, who was on a flight from London, said yesterday: "We landed at Edinburgh at about 12 and were told we could not leave because a hole in the perimeter fence had been discovered.

"We saw other planes on the tarmac and no passengers were being allowed to disembark at all.

"It was about 2am when we were allowed to disembark and go into the airport. There was a great deal of frustration."

A police spokesman said: "An investigation is under way following an apparent breach of the security fence at Edinburgh airport."

Airport bosses said they followed "usual procedure". There were no cancellations and only minor delays to outbound flights.

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Date:Jun 30, 2011
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