The latest in a series of technical issues to hit Island air provider Loganair happened yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon when a plane on route from Glasgow to Sumburgh in Shetland was forced to make an emergency landing.
Emergency services were scrambled to Aberdeen International Airport at about 3pm, but the plane landed safely.
The incident came only one day after the company’s record on reliability was highlighted in the Scottish Parliament, with Transport Minister Derek Mackay indicating he would be seeking a meeting with the company to gain answers to the public’s concerns.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Flight BE6916 departed from Glasgow yesterday afternoon heading for Sumburgh.
“Following a cautionary indication the captain elected to shutdown the aircraft’s right engine and diverted to Aberdeen airport.
“The aircraft, carrying 10 passengers and three crew, landed safely and was met by emergency services as is standard procedure.
“Customers disembarked the aircraft as normal and were transferred on to the evening flight to Sumburgh.”
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan stated this week he had received a response from Loganair’s CEO, Stewart Adams, regarding questions he had asked about the maintenance of the airline’s fleet, following concerns raised last month by pilots union BALPA.
Mr Allan said: “We have a real, undeniable problem in the islands with flights regularly being cancelled or delayed for excessive amounts of time.
“I welcome the fact that the Transport Minister has recognised the scale of the issue and that there is a general acceptance that the reliability of the service has worsened. The Minister indicated that he will meet with the company to discuss these concerns.
“I also welcome the written assurance I have received from Loganair’s CEO, Stewart Adams, stating that safety is their number one priority and that no one at the company would ever allow their staff or customers to be put at risk.
“I am confident that no Loganair pilot would ever agree to fly a plane about which they had any safety concerns.
“The issue continues to be that of reliability. We desperately need a reduction in the amount of technical delays and I will be meeting Loganair in the near future to discuss their plans to improve their technical reliability.”