Saturday 3 December 2016

Aer Lingus flight evacuated after schoolkids bring fireworks on board

Published 28/02/2016 | 16:07

Aer Lingus stock photo. Pic: Deposit
Aer Lingus stock photo. Pic: Deposit

An Aer Lingus flight was evacuated this afternoon after fireworks were discovered on board.

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It is understood a group of school children had brought the minor explosives onto the flight.

Flight EI 523 was due to fly from Paris to Dublin when a passenger found the fireworks' in the back of one of the seats.

It is understood a group of school children on the inbound flight to Dublin may have brought them on board.

The flight captain requested the passengers to exit the plane row by row in an orderly manner from the front and the plane underwent a security sweep.

Aer Lingus released a statement to Independent.ie, saying: "The boarding of passengers for Aer Lingus flight Paris to Dublin was interrupted this afternoon due to the discovery of what is believed to be fireworks on board the aircraft.

"As these items are not permitted for transport on Aer Lingus flights the boarding process was interrupted to facilitate a full search of the aircraft.

"This has caused a delay to the departure of the flight.

"We do not anticipate any further operational disruption to result from this incident."

It is understood several passengers were concerned about the delays impacting on connection flights, with one woman expressing her frustration that she would miss her connection flight to New York.

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