Aer Lingus plane grounded due to 'hydraulic' issues less than 24 hours after another plane makes emergency landing
Published 06/10/2015 | 12:46
An Aer Lingus flight to Spain was grounded today due a technical fault.
Passengers on Aer Lingus Flight EI 584 Dublin to Malaga were due to depart at 7am this morning.
Passengers boarded the flight for the scheduled departure but were subsequently told there were issues with the "hydraulics".
One passenger told independent.ie that crew kept them informed of the problem while they awaited take-off.
After four hours on the tarmac, passengers were told the plane would not be departing and the airline was looking to source another aircraft for the journey.
A statement from Aer Lingus said the flight had been "delayed due to a technical fault with the aircraft".
"The aircraft has been undergoing inspection and maintenance by engineering staff. Passengers have been deplaned and provided with vouchers for refreshments.
"We are making all efforts to have a replacement aircraft available for the passengers to continue their journey to Malaga as soon as possible."
Today's delay comes a day after another Aer Lingus flight with 181 passengers en route to Portugal had to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport.
Flight EI490 was minutes into its journey to Faro when pilots reported a fault in one of the engines and turned back.
Last week after a flight out of New York's JFK to Shannon had to turn back over hydraulic issues while a flight to Munich on Saturday also had to return to Dublin.
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