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      Wednesday 04 Aug 2010

      An independent investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has found no evidence of low flying aircraft at George Best Belfast City Airport.

      The CAA report followed claims that a low flying aircraft had caused damage to a roof in Parkgate Drive, East Belfast on 8 June this year.
      A CAA Air Traffic Standards Investigator examined the flight profile of the arriving aircraft and concluded the aircraft was flying the correct flight path and appropriate altitude.

      The report was not able to conclude a reason for the dislodgement of slates at the property.

      Mark Beattie, Operations Director at Belfast City Airport, said:

      “This report is consistent with the findings of our own internal investigation and the data obtained from our noise and track monitoring system which accurately plots the height and trajectory of arriving and departing aircraft.

      “While the CAA investigation could not determine the cause of the dislodgement of slates, the airport immediately carried out full repairs to the property as a gesture of goodwill.”

      Mr Beattie concluded:

      “The majority of flights arriving or departing Belfast City Airport do so over Belfast Lough. While certain weather conditions dictate an approach or departure over the City these aircraft always do so in accordance with strict procedures.

      “The airport is sensitive to the environment in which it operates and has a close relationship with the community it serves.”