Messi's £12 million personalised private jet makes emergency landing at Brussels Airport

# 15:22
4 April 2020

A personalised luxury jet rented by Argentinian football icon Lionel Messi was forced to make an emergency landing at Brussels airport on Friday morning, APA reports citing The Sun.

The £12 million plane used by the forward and captain of both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team was flying to Tenerife in the Canary Islands when alleged landing gear issues grounded the aircraft at Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital Brussels.

The jet landed around 9.10 am on Friday, 3 April.

​After the technical issues were dealt with, the plane took off again, only to be forced to turn round and return to Brussels less than an hour-and-a-half later.

According to data from Flight Aware, the aircraft headed from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Guararapes aiport in Recife, Brazil, after which it then took off from Recife at 7.19pm local time last night, landing in Brussels about 9 hours later.

After the stopover in the Belgian capital, instead of proceeding with its scheduled journey to Tenerife, it is understood that the plane was forced to turn back.

Officials at the Brussels airport did not offer any official comment, due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.

There has been no information as to who was in the jet.