A Flybe Bombardier Q-400 passenger plane has crash-landed without a nosegear at the Belfast airport as it had suffered technical difficulties soon after takeoff.
'The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 1107 local time bound for Inverness.
However, the nose gear failed to deploy forcing the pilot to perform an emergency landing leaving the nose skidding along the runway of Belfast International Airport.
The incident resulted in one passenger hospitalized with head injuries.
It had to dump fuel to reduce its weight while circling the city before landing.
Mr White added: "It became very obvious when it was on approach that the nose wheel was not down so we knew that it was going to be a hard landing".
General secretary Brian Strutton said: "Landing without a nose gear is a very hard manoeuvre, but one pilots train extensively for".
He said: "The pilots in this case appear to have done a sterling job of bringing the aircraft back under those circumstances". The emergency response went "extremely smoothly".
Dramatic pictures show the damaged aircraft following the drama. The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1330 local time.
"We are sending a specialist team to Belfast to offer assistance and we will now do all we can to understand the cause of this incident".
The airport confirmed it was "dealing with an incident on our main runway" but said it remained open.