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News / Smoke in cabin after plane arrives at Sumburgh Airport

EMERGENCY services were called to Sumburgh Airport on Friday evening after smoke was reported in the cabin of a flight which had arrived from Aberdeen.

The smoke was noticed when the auxiliary power unit of a Loganair Saab 2000 was started after it landed at around Sumburgh at 7.15pm.

The unit is a small engine in the tail of the aircraft which provides electrical power to systems while on the ground.

Fire and ambulance services were called as a routine measure but it was not deemed an emergency situation.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said engineers based in Sumburgh were looking into the cause of the problem.

A spokesperson for the airline added: “A Saab 2000 aircraft was taxiing to the stand upon arrival from Aberdeen when an unusual smell was detected inside the cabin leading to emergency services being called as a cautionary procedure. All of the passengers alighted at the stand but the incident was not deemed to be serious.

“Customers scheduled to depart were transferred onto the 1955 service to Edinburgh where they will be provided with road transport to their final destination. Loganair would like to apologise for the interruption to travel arrangements.”

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