Breaking: Tragedy averted as Messi’s plane makes emergency landing

Messi's Jet

Lionel Messi’s £11million private jet has been forced to make an emergency landing at Brussels airport due to a fault with plane.

According to the Sun, Barcelona star’s plane was making its way to Tenerife in the Canary Islands when it suffered from issues with its landing gear.

The aircraft grounded at Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital for the first time at 9.18am.

An hour and a half later it took off again, only to turn around and return to Brussels.

The take-off at 10.35am local time and headed south-west out of Brussels but just 43 minutes later at 11.18am it touched down again.

Information from Flight Aware shows the aircraft flew from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Guararapes aiport in Recife, Brazil, a 5h 51m flight.

It then took off from Recife at 7.19pm local time last night, making a 9h 6m journey to Brussels, landing this morning.

But after the short stopover in Belgium, the plane did not make the journey to Tenerife as planned.

The plane’s last flights before that were from Argentina to Port Elizabeth, South Africa and back on the weekend on March 21 and 22.

There is currently no information as to who was on the jet.

Messi is understood to have bought the Gulfstream V jet two years ago and has personalised the aircraft to make it his own.

As well as having his famous No10 emblazoned on the tail, the Argentine legend has had the names of his family etched on to the steps leading up the cabin.

Once inside, there are enough seats for 16 people and features two bathrooms as well as its very own kitchen.

Incredibly, the chairs can also be folded up and turned into eight beds.

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