Johnson’s first mission to Brussels is grounded

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson was forced to abandon his plane during his first flight as foreign secretary yesterday after it suffered a technical problem as it took off for Brussels from RAF Northolt.

Mr Johnson had to use “alternative means” to get to Belgium after the BAE 146 was forced to the ground by an apparent hydraulics system fault.

The aircraft made an emergency landing at Luton airport just before 5.30pm. Mr Johnson was on board with his aides. All 16 passengers left the aircraft safely.

Flights to and from the airport, the fifth busiest in the country, were grounded while emergency…

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