An airliner carrying 276
people had to make an emergency landing at Glasgow Airport on Sunday
after a fire in the cockpit.
The United Airlines Boeing 777 was en route from Frankfurt to
Washington when it made a mayday call over the Hebridean island of Tiree.
Stornoway and Prestwick rescue crews were both put on standby and
three Strathclyde fire crews were called to the emergency.
The crew had the fire under control by the time the plane landed
safely and no-one was injured.
Malcolm Robertson, spokesman for airport operators the British
Airport Authority, said the alarm was raised at about 2200 GMT.
"They discovered the problem roughly 150 kilometres west of Scotland
so it diverted to the nearest airport, which happened to be Glasgow.
"We put our emergency procedures in place and the aircraft landed
"Our understanding is that the fire was in the cockpit and it is also
our understanding that it was under control by the time it landed at
"Engineers will obviously look at it and we're waiting for an
engineer for the specific type of aircraft, a Boeing 777, to arrive in
Passengers were taken to hotels in Glasgow and were expected to
continue their journeys on Monday.