On Wednesday night, 22nd December 2015, the pilot of a Flybe plane operated by Loganair had to shit down one engine, appanet,y because of a warning light, circle for 2o minutes and then land at Sumburgh Airport on one engine.
The airport, Shetland’s busiest, declared a full emergency.
The pilot brought the plane down safely, with passengers evacuated promptly under the protection of fire crews.
Earlier this year the pilots union, BALPA, expressed serious professional concerns that Flybe planes in the Highlands and Islands were being returned to service with technical problems unresolved.
Even following that publicly known expert intervention, there have been incidents involving Flybe/Loganair planes at highland airports.
This has to be an issue where Transport Scotland makes the proactive intervention it responsibilities require.
The department that oversaw funds diverted away from the repair of known structural defects on the Forth Road Bridge cannot afford another lapse in its care for the safety of the travelling public; and it certainly cannot afford a potential tragedy.