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Moscow-bound passenger jet makes emergency landing in Greece

The aircraft flew in circles over Thessaloniki for an hour and a half to use up fuel and then performed a safe landing.

Published: 05th August 2016 09:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2016 06:46 PM   |  A+A-

By AP

THESSALONIKI, Greece: A jet with 152 passengers on board heading from Greece to Moscow has made a safe emergency landing at Thessaloniki Airport in northern Greece.

The civil aviation authority says the plane, which belongs to Greece's Ellinair, took off from Thessaloniki at 14:15 local time (1115GMT) Friday, but the pilots soon reported that the landing gear was not retracting.

The aircraft flew in circles over Thessaloniki for an hour and a half to use up fuel and then performed a safe landing at the airport, which had been placed on emergency stand-by.



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