Sunday 22 October 2017

Aer Lingus passengers' surprise after oxygen masks 'drop down' and alarms sound mid-flight

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus

Conor Feehan and Independent.ie Newsdesk

Passengers aboard an early morning Aer Lingus flight were surprised after oxygen masks dropped down in to the cabin after take-off.

The 06:40 Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Heathrow took off from Dublin Airport with no problems reported.

However, shortly after take off, passengers reported a "strong smell of burning".

Oxygen masks then reportedly dropped down and "alarms went off on board".

A source told independent.ie the incident occurred.

However, the pilot opted to continue the flight to Heathrow as there was no danger to passengers or the airplane.

A full call-out of fire tenders at Dublin Airport was implement as part of their emergency plan but was stood down moments later.

The flight arrived safely at Heathrow Airport at approximately 7:45am.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus confirmed the incident and said the aircraft would be returned to service following inspection.

"During the flight a smoke detector alarm went off in a toilet. Unrelated to this an oxygen mask dropped from an overhead compartment.

"The aircraft continued on its journey to Heathrow and landed safely at 7.40am. All passengers disembarked as normal.

"The circumstance around the smoke detector alarming is currently being inspected by engineers at Heathrow. The aircraft is expected to return to service following inspection."

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