An easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Hamburg was forced to make an emergency landing at Newcastle airport.

The reason given for yesterday’s diversion was due to a “technical issue” after unconfirmed reports of a burning smell and fumes in the cabin.

The aircraft was met by fire and emergency crews as passengers disembarked safely.

The flight with 161 passengers and six crew left the Scottish capital at 12.40pm yesterday but touched down at Newcastle airport 40 minutes later, according to local media reports.

A spokesman for the budget carrier said: “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY6931 from Edinburgh to Hamburg on November 28 diverted to Newcastle as a precautionary measure only due to a technical issue.

“The aircraft landed safely and was met by emergency services in line with our procedures.

“The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.

“We apologise to passengers for the resulting delay.”

A replacement aircraft was flown in to transport passengers on to Hamburg.