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Wednesday, 14 November 2007, 02:59 GMT
Prince's plane in landing alert

A plane carrying Prince Andrew has been involved in an emergency as it came into land at Edinburgh Airport.

The pilot had to call for help because of problems with the elevator trim on the Hawker Siddeley HS-125 executive jet at about 1715 GMT on Tuesday.

Seven fire engines were sent to the terminal but were soon stood down as the plane landed safely.

The jet was taking the prince from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray to an engagement in the Scottish capital.

Prince Andrew was expected to attend a dinner at Holyroodhouse hosted by Scottish Development International.

Fire crew

The prince's press secretary said: "The aircraft experienced a jammed elevator trim.

"The pilot made a precautionary distress call since the condition could have resulted in the controls becoming heavy during landing.

"The landing, at 5.35pm, was uneventful. A full fire crew turned out at Edinburgh Airport.

"His Royal Highness and the crew and passengers were at no stage in any risk."

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed seven fire engines had been sent to the airport but had not been required to take any action.