The airport is operating as normal following the incident

By Sarah Scott

An urgent investigation has been launched following an incident involving an easyJet plane at Belfast International Airport .

An emergency response was sparked on Wednesday afternoon after a flight due to fly to Malaga was damaged.

A spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed the flight had been delayed due to damage. 

“easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6755 from Belfast to Malaga has been delayed as a result of damage sustained from a pushback tug,” she said.

“All passengers disembarked normally. They have been provided with refreshment vouchers and support from our ground staff in Belfast Airport.

“A replacement crew will operate the flight to Malaga on a replacement aircraft shortly.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and we have launched an urgent investigation with our ground handling provider at Belfast Airport.”

A spokeswoman for the airport added: “We can confirm we are dealing with a ground incident involving an aircraft, passengers disembarked as normal and have returned to the departure lounge. The airport remains open and operational.”

A spokesman for the NI Ambulance Service said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 15.34 on Wednesday 03 April 2019, following reports of an incident at Belfast International Airport NIAS despatched one Rapid Response Paramedic and one Officer to the scene. Incident is still ongoing.”

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene as part of normal procedures but their services were not needed and it was left in the hands of the airport fire service.

The PSNI were also aware of the incident.