Lionel Messi’s Private Jet Nearly Crash Land

Barcelona star Lionel Messi's £11m private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday morning for reasons that are currently unclear, according to reports in Belgium

The aircraft was on route to Tenerife, Spain, before first landing in Zaventem at 9:10am for a reason that is currently unclear.

Belgian newspaper HLN claim it then took off for a second time an hour and a half later to fly back post Mons and return to Brussels Airport, before a problem with the landing gear forced it to ground its wheels at Zaventem again at 11:05am.

Brussels Airport did not want to provide information about the incident because of GDPR legislation.

It is not yet known if Messi was on board the aircraft, which he bought two years ago for a reported €13m [£11m].

Information from Flight Aware shows Messi’s jet flew from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, to Guararapes airport in Brazil – which took five hours and 51 minutes.

It then made a nine-hour journey from Brazilian city Recife to Brussels last night and landed this morning.

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Nevertheless, the plane did not make the journey to Tenerife as planned.

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