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About 1140am on Wednesday 3rd April, 2002, a Loganair Saab 340 aircraft was flying from Edinburgh to Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, on a scheduled air service. As the aircraft entered Kirkwall airport air space, a fault developed with the port engine of the aircraft which resulted in the engine being shut down. The aircraft then diverted to Kirkwall airport. However due to strong crosswinds at Kirkwall, landing there was deemed unsafe and the aircraft diverted to Wick.

A full emergency was declared at Wick airport and emergency services attended and were in postion prior to arrival of the aircraft.

The aircraft subsequently landed safely at midday. There were 30 persons on board the aircraft.

No person was injured as a result of the incident.   A replacement aircraft subsequently took the passengers on their way.