A PASSENGER plane has been forced to return to a Scottish airport after declaring a mid-air emergency.

The EasyJet flight EZY17WA, travelling from Glasgow to Birmingham, signalled the alert shortly after its departure at 9.18am.

It declared a Squawk 7700 while flying south towards the border. It then returned to Glasgow where it appears to have landed at around 10am. 

An emergency squawk is used to identify an aircraft that has a possible issue and enables it to have priority over other air traffic.

A spokeswoman for EasyJet said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY511 from Glasgow to Birmingham has returned to Glasgow due to a passenger requiring urgent medical attention and in line with procedures was met by emergency services on arrival.

"The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.”

Glasgow Airport has been contacted for comment.

This is the latest in a series of similar incidents in Scotland's airspace in recent days.

On Friday, a KLM Airways flight, travelling from Amsterdam to Calgary declared the emergency around half an hour into its journey.

It declared a Squawk 7700 while flying off the west coast of Scotland after a "technical defect". It later landed at Prestwick Airport.

Two days earlier, a TUI flight travelling from Aberdeen to Tenerife, declared the same emergency alert around half an hour into its four-hour journey.

It had to later land at Glasgow Airport due to a cabin crew member requiring "urgent" medical attention. 

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