Emergency services were put on stand-by at Birmingham International Airport airport after a Helios 737 jet reported mechanical problems on the same day another crashed in Greece, killing all 121 people on board, it emerged today.
The pilot of the scheduled service from Larnaca, Cyprus, radioed problems with the plane's flaps before coming into land at the airport on Saturday.
An airport spokeswoman stressed it was not a full emergency but fire crews were put on a lower level of alert - "local standby" - and tailed the plane as it touched down and taxied.
"The flight was due to come in here. It wasn't an emergency landing. It reported flap problems and was met at the airport and landed absolutely safely," she explained.
"No problems were found and it took off later in the evening."
More on this story in Wednesday's Post