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The Stornoway coastguard helicopter is back in action after an emergency alert.


The aircraft reported a potential gearbox fault soon after is took off on a rescue mission on Sunday.


A full emergency was declared at Stornoway Airport with the airfields fire crews immediately racing to the landing pad. Emergency services also attended but were stood down when the helicopter landed safely.


A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “The search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway returned to its base shortly after take-off after its crew were warned of a problem with the helicopter by the on-board cockpit computers.


“Upon its safe return to base, the helicopter was thoroughly checked by the engineers, with no mechanical problems found.”


She said the helicopter is back on standby and ready to be tasked.


Rescue helicopter back in action after emergency alert

29 March 2017