'Tyre issue' after Faro to Belfast flight forced to turn back

Ryanair plane
The Ryanair flight returned to Faro due to a technical issue with the aircraft

A Ryanair flight bound for Belfast has been forced to return to Faro in Portugal shortly after take-off.

The flight from Faro to Belfast International turned around "due to a tech issue with the aircraft" on Sunday morning.

The plane landed normally at Faro Airport but then experienced "a minor tyre issue on the runway", Ryanair said in a statement.

Passengers were able to disembark normally and return to the terminal.

According to flight tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane circled over the sea before returning to Faro, something air crew do to use up fuel so a plane can land safely.

Ryanair said a replacement aircraft departed for Belfast at 18.18 GMT.

Belfast International Airport confirmed that the flight landed at around 21.00 GMT.