A report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the UK has said that a serious incident at Belfast International airport could have been 'catastrophic'. 

The report says the Boeing 737 aircraft, owned by Sunwing Airlines, destined for Corfu in July 2017, failed to accelerate at the necessary speed and struck an approach light at the end of the runway at Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove.

It says that an outside air temperature of -52C was mistakenly entered into the flight management computer by a member of the aircraft crew, instead of the actual temperature of 16C. 

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The error meant the passenger jet took off using only 60% of the engine thrust required and hit the runway light. 

There were no damage or injuries in the incident but the AAIB report said this was only because there were no obstacles in the flight path.

The report said that had an engine failed at a critical moment during take off, the consequences could have been catastrophic.