Boeing 737 makes emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport


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A Boeing 737 Max 8 has had to make an emergency landing back at Edinburgh Airport, after taking off from Edinburgh only 20 minutes previously.

The Norwegian aircraft, flight number IBK1608 from Edinburgh to Winsor Locks, Connecticut, was struck with lightning after departing to the East.

Lightning strikes happen very frequently on aircraft, with the average aircraft being struck at least once per year

The aircraft landed without issue and after being checked over by the Edinburgh Airport Fire and Rescue, was allowed to go to a stand.

A Norwegian spokesperson said: Yesterday’s flight D81608 from Edinburgh to Bradley, Connecticut, returned to Edinburgh Airport following a lightning strike where it landed safely.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew is Norwegian’s highest priority and the decision to return to Edinburgh was made as a precaution.

“Passengers have been offered hotel accommodation if required and the opportunity to rebook or refund free of charge.

“We would like to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused and we appreciate their patience.”

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