The Beluga aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Liverpool John Lennon Airport this afternoon (February 14).

Liverpool airport has now confirmed the aircraft landed with them at around 5.30pm instead of at its usual Airbus home in Broughton. Reports suggest it was en route from Toulouse in France.

Spokesman Robin Tudor, who received a text alert, said: "I understand there was a flap problem but the aircraft landed perfectly safely and taxied onto the main apron."

One Liverpool-based airport worker, who describes himself as an aircraft enthusiast, tweeted photographs of the Beluga after it landed.

He said the aircraft 'landed OK' but with a fire engine following as a precaution. He had overheard on the fire station loud speaker there was 'a flap problem'.

The Beluga collects Airbus wings from the Broughton plant before transporting them to final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg in Germany.

The Airlive twitter account also tweeted: "ALERT Airbus Beluga #4 diverted to Liverpool due to flap issue."