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Watch: Moment Norwegian flight makes emergency landing at Birmingham Airport; The flight suffered a hydraulic fault with 150 passengers on board.

Byline: Matt LLoyd

This is the moment a Norwegian Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport.

Flight D86241 flight from Reykjavik to Madrid is believed to have developed an hydraulic fault and diverted to Birmingham Airport to touch down as a standard safety procedure. It had been on its way to Spain.

Captured by Ben Massey, the footage shows the flight touching down creating clouds of smoke as the tyres touch down at around 1.30pm.

One was believed to have blown on impact sending rubber debris flying through the air.

As the Boeing 737 comes to a halt, emergency vehicles can be seen making their way across the airfield to the runway before spraying the planes wheels with foam to prevent the risk of a fire breaking out.

Recap: Birmingham Airport closes runway after Norwegian flight forced into emergency landing

A picture on social media appeared to show foam being sprayed under the fuselage of the plane after it was met by aviation fire trucks at Birmingham Airport.

However the fault was a technical issue believed to be related to hydraulics, rather than a fire.

A spokesman for Norwegian, the name of the airline operating the Boeing 737, said: "The flight had to divert due to a technical issue. It had originally been going from Reykjavik to Madrid when it landed safely at Birmingham Airport as a standard precautionary measure.

"The fire trucks put foam under the aircraft as a standard precautionary measure.

Travellers stranded after Birmingham Airport runway closure

"We will do everything we can to look after our passengers."

A spokeswoman for the airport said: "Birmingham Airport can confirm that the D86241 landed safely with 152 crew and passengers on board. Birmingham Airport's fire service is in attendance as a precautionary measure. Runway temporarily closed."

The runway closure caused several flights to be delayed with some angry passengers taking to social media blasting operators for not providing enough support or information.

Flights are believed to have returned back to normal by this morning (June 17).

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
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Date:Jun 17, 2018
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