Eye witness account of Exeter flight drama

An eye witness told how he prayed as the crippled Flybe flight returned to Exeter to land after losing a wheel.

He said that it was understood the Bombardier Q 400, bound for Newcastle had lost a wheel at the end of the runway as it left Exeter at 12.25pm.

“We were standing watching as the plane circled the area while it offloaded fuel,” he said.

“The emergency teams were on standby but luckily the plane touched down nice and softly.”

It is now understood that the 42 passengers onboard are currently in the departure lounge at Exeter Airport as they try to recover from their ordeal.

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