Impressive video footage has captured the incredible moment an Airbus Beluga made its long-awaited return trip to North Wales, three days after being forced into an emergency landing.
The video shows the whale-shaped plane finally taking off for Hawarden in Flintshire, 96 hours after making an emergency stop at Birmingham Airport.
The plane had encountered “technical problems” which left it grounded for much longer than expected, so enthusiasts were delighted to see the plane finally return to North Wales.
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It was originally planned to return to the skies 24 hours after landing, but AirbusUK has made it clear that its plane will not depart until all “technical issues” have been resolved, reports Birmingham Live.
Aircraft enthusiasts had positioned themselves at Hawarden Airport, where the Beluga was originally due to land all those hours ago, to watch the unusual aircraft reach its destination.
Mason Gaughan, who captured the footage, shared his video on the ‘Beluga XL Hawarden’ Facebook group – much to the delight of netizens.
Stephen Russell commented: “Seeing beluga whales regularly at Hawarden Airfield, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to see them the way we do.” Another added: “For something so big it’s strange how elegant it looks in the air.”
Those following the Beluga’s flight path from Madrid to Hawarden became concerned when the aircraft diverted to BHX on March 3. Images from online tool Flightradar24.com showed fire engines surrounding the gigantic plane after landing.
Other plane fanatics had been waiting for several days in Birmingham, just to see the Beluga leaving the runway.
AirbusUK did not provide further details on the Beluga’s technical issue.
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