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Emergency landing in France for Glasgow Airport flight

03.09.05

Over 150 Scottish holidaymakers were caught up in a terrifying midair scare yesterday. Their flight to Alicante, Spain was forced to make an emergency landing in France after a warning light indicated problems with air pressure. So soon after the Athens disaster, panic is said to have spread, as passengers were told to put on oxygen masks. But the plane landed safely after an anxious 60 minutes.

The Flyglobespan flight left Glasgow Airport at 06:00, bound for Alicante. An hour into the flight a warning light began flashing in the cockpit, indicating problems with the air pressure. The plane's Captain initiated emergency procedures and asked to land at the nearest airport. The Boeing 737-400 touched down safely in Bordeaux an hour later.

Once the plane had safely landed, it was quickly evacuated, as shocked passengers were ushered inside the terminal building. They were then stranded at Bordeaux airport for several hours until a back-up plane arrived. They finally reached Alicante late in the afternoon, having been scheduled to arrive at 10:10.

A spokesman for Flyglobespan said: 'This was a standard emergency procedure and the Captain reacted correctly. If a warning light comes on, the captain has got to react, as safety is a priority. He made an emergency landing as a precaution.

'The red warning light indicated there was a drop in pressure but there wasn't. It went on by mistake and now we will be investigating to find out why it came on. We apologise to all passengers for the situation and we regret that it has caused our passengers unease and disruption.'

The aircraft has been taken out of service until a full investigation is carried out. Flyglobespan flies from Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Stansted to a number of European destinations including Alicante, Rome, Geneva, Malaga and Gran Canaria.

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