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Light plane in emergency incident at Newcastle airport

The plane circled above the airport for at least two hours on Monday.

The plane circled above the airport for at least two hours on Monday. Image: Flight Radar 24

An emergency incident is unfolding at Newcastle airport, with a light plane expected to make an emergency landing without landing gear.

The plane, an Eastern Air Services flight originally bound for Port Macquarie, has been circling above the airport for two hours to burn off fuel before attempting the emergency landing.

According to multiple reports, there are three people on board the Beechcraft Super King Air.

It was reportedly only 10 minutes into its flight to Port Macquarie earlier on Monday when problems emerged.

Police confirmed to the Nine Network that they were alerted about 9.30am.

“Emergency services were called to Newcastle Airport following reports of an aircraft with mechanical issues,” a spokesperson said.

More than a dozen ambulance, police, fire trucks and SES crews are at the airport ahead of the expected landing. An operations base has been set up at the neighbouring RAAF Williamtown base.

The plane was expected to attempt its emergency landing about 12.30pm (local time).

-more to come

Topics: NSW
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