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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Aer Lingus flight bound for New York forced to make emergency landing

Aer Lingus. Photo: PA
Aer Lingus. Photo: PA

David Kearns

An Aer Lingus plane travelling to New York was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing at Dublin airport.

Suffering what is believed to have been a mechanical fault, flight EI105 landed safety in Dublin shortly before midday.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus confirmed that the flight, which left Terminal 2 at 10:50 am, had returned to Dublin airport following difficulties.

"The aircraft returned to Dublin shortly after take-off following detection of a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely at 11:40. The aircraft is currently being inspected by engineers," they said.

Independent.ie understands that soon after taking off, flight EI105 developed a problem with its hydraulics system – with reports that its undercarriage did not retract during lift off.

Aer Lingus said the 266 passengers on board have been transferred to an alternative aircraft which is expected to depart for JFK airport at 1:30 pm.

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