Tuesday 27 September 2016

Plane carrying trade union delegation diverted

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

An Irish trade union delegation was about to touch down in Brussels but was diverted after the bombs went off in Zaventem Airport. Pic: Deposit
An Irish trade union delegation was about to touch down in Brussels but was diverted after the bombs went off in Zaventem Airport. Pic: Deposit

An Irish trade union delegation was about to touch down in Brussels but was diverted after the bombs went off in Zaventem Airport.

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Siptu's Brendan O'Brien said the pilot then told those on board the Aer Lingus flight from Dublin that they were being rerouted to Amsterdam.

"We knew then that something was happening in Brussels, but it was only when we landed that we knew what was going on," said Mr O'Brien. "We were lucky that the bombers didn't arrive half an hour later or we didn't land earlier. They were going to organise buses to bring us to Brussels but obviously when the seriousness of the situation materialised that wasn't an option.

"You wonder what you are heading into and then when we landed in Amsterdam we were wondering if these terrorists had it in mind that people would be diverted to nearby airports."

The plane later returned to Dublin.

Irish Independent

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