A flight heading to Copenhagen had to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport, causing traffic on the M1 to be stopped to allow the plane to land.

The Ryanair flight, which had taken off from Stansted Airport, had to be diverted to the Castle Donington airport.

Motorway traffic, between Junctions 23A and 24 northbound, was held up at around 10.15am to allow the plane to land, according to traffic company Inrix.

A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said the flight landed safely at the airport.

He said: "It has landed safely. It was a diverted flight travelling from Stansted to Copenhagen."

Leicestershire Police was called by East Midlands Airport to the M1 near to the airport at 9.56am in relation to an aircraft which needed to make an emergency landing. It is understood that there was a problem with the landing equipment on the plane.

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