Ryanair plane in forced landing

A Ryanair flight carrying 173 passengers from Sweden to Paris was forced to make a "security landing" at Skavsta airport today after the instruments on the plane failed, AFP reports.

A spokesperson for the airport, south of Stockholm, which is used by Ryanair, said that the plane had been in the air for 20 minutes before the pilot spotted a problem.

"20 minutes into the flight to Paris, the pilot saw there was a problem with the instruments and decided to turn around and come back to Skavsta," Dot Gade Kulovuori told AFP.

"He first had to circle for a while to burn off some fuel and to show technicians on the ground that the wing flaps and everything were working properly. They were, and he landed safely," she said, adding that she had no further details of the plane's technical difficulties.

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