Tuesday 27 June 2017

Ryanair passengers praise pilot after flight is forced to circle city

John Brennan

Passengers on board a Ryanair flight have praised the pilot after he was forced to reset the wing flaps before the plane landed.

The captain of the 12pm FR6674 flight from Knock to Liverpool was forced to circle the UK city while he reset the wing flaps.

“The captain was fairly relaxed – it came across the intercom, I thought it was a drill I had my earphones on,” Damian Heslin said, who was sitting at an emergency exit.

The flight which was about “three quarters full” circled Liverpool before coming in to land safely.

Mr Heslin said, “I managed to take my phone off flight mode and I sent my wife a text.

“I fly a lot, I wouldn’t panic – I was on a flight to Ghana a few months ago and there was very bad turbulence on that – this was quite sedate.”

Ryanair confirmed to Independent.ie that an emergency landing was not necessary following the resetting procedure.

“The crew of this flight from Knock to Liverpool noticed a possible flap-setting issue some 12 miles out from Liverpool Airport," a spokesperson said.

“We have confirmed with the pilots and cabin crew that no 'emergency landing' PA was made.

"The captain entered a hold pattern, reset the flaps, and the aircraft proceeded to land normally without further incident.

"Once the crew had re-set the flaps, the captain made a PA advising that a normal landing would take place," he added.

The aircraft was inspected by Ryanair engineers, before being returned to service.

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