• Spain edition
 
Emergency landing in Madrid for NYC flight
Photo: Twitter

Emergency landing in Madrid for NYC flight

Published: 05 Dec 2013 14:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Dec 2013 14:33 GMT+01:00

Passengers on board a Delta Airlines plane at Madrid's Barajas airport were given a fright on Thursday morning after technical problems forced the aircraft's pilots to carry out an emergency landing minutes after take-off.

According to a tweet by Madrid's air traffic controllers, a hydraulic problem is thought to be at the root of the problem.

Spanish news agency EFE have quoted airport sources as saying that a punctured tyre during take-off was the primary cause of the emergency landing.

Upon return to Barajas, "one of the landing gears wasn’t working properly, which caused a small fire that was quickly put out by firemen," EFE added.

Although the Delta aircraft skidded off the landing strip, none of the passengers on board were hurt.

Barajas Airport is experiencing some delays while airport staff inspect the landing strip for plane debris.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Thieves destroy ancient rock painting in Spain
Ancient rock art near the town of Quesada in Spain's southern Andalusia region. File image: YouTube/gualayriver

Thieves destroy ancient rock painting in Spain

A 5,000 year-old rock painting in southern Spain has been destroyed by thieves who tried to steal the Unesco World Heritage-listed artwork by chipping it off the cave wall where it was housed. READ () »

In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014
Penitents in Zamora during celebrations to mark Easter in Spain. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014

As Spain's Holy Week draws to a close, The Local showcases some of the best images from a week of drama, pageantry and mystery. READ () »

Arrested: Spanish art swindler wanted by FBI
Bergantiños is wanted for allegedly creating fake artworks by painters including Jackson Pollock, who created the artwork in this image. File photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Arrested: Spanish art swindler wanted by FBI

A Spanish art dealer who made world headlines through earning millions of dollars by allegedly producing and selling fake artworks by major artists has been arrested during Easter celebrations in southern Spain. READ () »

Deadly road accidents mar Easter holidays
Photo of heavy traffic: Shutterstock

Deadly road accidents mar Easter holidays

Thirty-two people have died on Spain's roads during Holy Week celebrations, six more than last year, the country's traffic authority reported on Monday. READ () »

50% of Spaniards believe Catalonia will vote: Poll
Catalans surround a giant Independentist Catalan flag (Senyara), as part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day on September 11, 2013. File photo: José Jordan

50% of Spaniards believe Catalonia will vote: Poll

Half of all Spaniards believe Catalonia will defy the central government in Madrid and goes ahead with a planned independence vote, with almost the same number saying the region should lose its autonomous powers if that happens, a new poll shows. READ () »

Gibraltar power restored after massive fire
The fire at Gibraltar's main Waterport power station cut electricity supplies to the diminutive UK territory, ruining Easter festivities. Photo: Twitter

Gibraltar power restored after massive fire

Power has been restored to all of Gibraltar after a fire at a local power station left the UK territory without electricity for much of Easter Sunday, a blackout that hit its key gambling industry hard. READ () »

Four confirmed dead after helicopter crash

Four confirmed dead after helicopter crash

A military helicopter that crashed into the sea near the Canary Islands was found on Sunday with the bodies of its four missing crew members inside, the Spanish government said. READ () »

People are being unfair to Messi: Barça chief
Lionel Messi trudges off the pitch after Barcelona's Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid. AFP Photo: Cesar Manso

People are being unfair to Messi: Barça chief

Lionel Messi will continue to be Barcelona's leading light despite the Argentine superstar suffering a stream of criticism in recent weeks, the Spanish team's president said Saturday. READ () »

Atletico maintain title push with Elche win
Diego Costa celebrates after scoring in Atletico Madrid's victory over Elche. AFP Photo/Dani Pozo

Atletico maintain title push with Elche win

Atletico Madrid took another step towards their first La Liga title for 18 years as two goals in the last 20 minutes handed them a 2-0 win over Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday. READ () »

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain
A ship of the Spanish national coastguard. File photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain

Three seamen were found dead and two others were missing after a fishing boat capsized off Spain's northern coast on Thursday, the coastguard said. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Spain to open first gay old people's home
National
'Monkey Jesus' restorer to star in music video
Culture
Seven surprising facts about Spain's Holy Week
National
Spanish tax office sells bras for extra cash
Society
Abortion Travel: 'The agency that should never exist'
National
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Society
Email gaffe reveals how Spanish firms exploit young workers
National
Man hacks off own fingers in insurance scam
Travel & Tourism
Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014
National
Lovemaking lands woman at bottom of well
International
Jobless Spaniards to be kicked out of Germany
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Health
Serial texter suffers first case of 'WhatsAppitis'
Politics
Six reasons why Suárez is Spain's best loved PM
Politics
'Energy giants out to kill off Spain's solar sector'
Society
Spain's hottest jobs 2014
National
Man dies while taking selfie on top of train
Society
Spanish PM turns down free English course
Travel & Tourism
Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014
Culture
A to Z of The Local's picture galleries
Culture
Scientists discover why some of us 'hate' music
Features
How Barcelona is getting it wrong on cannabis
National
'Spain could be a world leader in solar power'
Society
Could this Spanish Duchess claim the Scottish crown?
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

1,385
jobs available