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Emergency landing in Madrid for NYC flight

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14:33 CET+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.

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

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