A commercial aircraft landed safely at Exeter after its landing gear failed on its approach to Newquay during a test flight.
The Embraer 170 model was on a test flight from Exeter Airport when the captain reported an undercarriage indication problem whilst on approach to Newquay at around 7.30pm. Local emergency services were alerted as safety precaution and rushed to the scene, including a fire crew from St Columb station. Minutes after receiving the call, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service crews were stood down.
The aircraft decided to divert back to Exeter Airport, where it landed safely. A crew of five are understood to have been on board.
A spokesperson for Exeter Airport said:
“The aircraft had been in one of the Flybe maintenance hangars and was on a test flight. The aircraft landed back at Exeter without any issues and was towed off the runway due to a nose wheel issue for steering.The runway was closed for 24 minutes, but no passenger aircraft was affected by the incident.”
Lincolnshire based airline Eastern Airways was due to take delivery of the Embraer 170. A spokesperson for the airline declined to comment on the incident, but stressed that Eastern Airways had not yet registered or taken delivery of the aircraft.