Edinburgh KLM flight forced to make midair U-turn due to 'defect'

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An Edinburgh flight was forced to return to the capital shortly after take-off due to a 'technical defect' with the airport's fire service spotted on the runway.

KLM flight KL928 departed the Scottish capital shortly after 1.30pm on Tuesday, May 28, heading for Amsterdam. However, just minutes after take-off, it was seen circling the skies above the Borders.

The aircraft then diverted back to Edinburgh, with the airline confirming a "technical defect" forced the pilot into a midair U-turn. It is understood the airport's fire service were on standby as a precaution and the flight has since been cancelled with all 173 passengers being booked on an alternative aircraft 'as soon as possible'.

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The airline also confirmed the flight landed without incident and passengers were not in danger.

A spokesperson said: "The KL928 bound for Amsterdam returned to Edinburgh today due to a technical defect. We are currently working on how to get the 173 passengers to Amsterdam as soon as possible.

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"We want to emphasise that the safety of our passengers and crew members is paramount and that they have not been in danger."