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Incident Major security alert onboard easyJet flight at Belfast International Airport

Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane as it landed and was escorted off the runway. Police dog units also boarded the plane

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Emergency services at the scene of a security incident at Belfast International Airport on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Scott

Emergency services at the scene of a security incident at Belfast International Airport on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Scott

Emergency services at the scene of a security incident at Belfast International Airport on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Scott

A major security alert took place at Belfast International Airport on Thursday morning.

It is understood an incident occurred onboard an easyJet flight which arrived into Belfast from London Standsted at 8.48am.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene shortly before 9am.

Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane as it landed and was escorted off the runway. Police dog units also boarded the plane.

The PSNI, NIFRS and NIAS were all in attendance.

The incident was stood down at 10.22am.

A spokesperson for easyJet confirmed that flight EZY481 from Belfast International to Edinburgh was delayed on departure due to “additional security checks by the airport authorities, as a precaution only”.

“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority and we would like to thank passengers for their understanding,” added the company.

Belfast International Airport said it was notified of the security alert and, as is standard procedure, the relevant authorities attended the airport as a precautionary measure.

“All passengers disembarked for additional security checks and have since reboarded and the flight has departed,” said a spokesperson. “Passenger safety is a priority and we thank all passengers for their understanding.”

The NIFRS stated it was called to assist with an incident at 8.34am but no action was required.

The PSNI said officers attended the incident to provide assistance for Airport Police.

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