Friday, June 21

Emergency Landing For Boris Johnson At Luton



A problem, reportedly with the hydraulics, forces a plane carrying the new Foreign Secretary to make an emergency landing.

Boris Johnson’s first overseas trip as Foreign Secretary got off to a shaky start as his plane was forced to make an emergency landing on its way to Brussels.

The plane, described by the Ministry of Defence as a small military aircraft, took off from RAF Northolt on Sunday afternoon but had to land at Luton Airport.

A Foreign Office spokesman said there was a “technical issue” on the RAF flight, which had been carrying Mr Johnson and some officials to the Belgian capital. No further details were available.

He added: “The Foreign Secretary thanked the RAF crew for their professionalism and was grateful to Luton Airport for the brief, unscheduled welcome.

“After a short delay the Foreign Secretary continued on his way to Brussels by alternative means.”

Flights to and from the airport were grounded, with delays and cancellations, while emergency services dealt with the situation.

Mr Johnson, 51, is in Brussels to rebuild the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

European ministers and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet formally today to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Libya as well as the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

They are also likely to discuss terrorism in the wake of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice and relations with Turkey after a failed coup attempt in the country.