Tuesday 17 October 2017

Passengers on board Aer Lingus flight left shaken after sudden 'touch-and-go' landing

Flight EI209

The flight path of Aer Lingus flight EI209 (Photo: Luke Coyle)
The flight path of Aer Lingus flight EI209 (Photo: Luke Coyle)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

PASSENGERS on an Aer Lingus flight were left shaken after the plane in which they were travelling landed in Dublin Airport before immediately taking off again.

The Manchester to Dublin flight EI209 landed on the runway, before suddenly taking off again at a 'steep angle', according to travellers yesteday.

Passenger Luke Coyle said there was confusion on board as the plane proceeded to circle the Dublin area.

"There was no warning, the pilot obviously didn't know until the last minute," he told Independent.ie.

"We immediately took off again. We were up in the air circling north Dublin when the pilot came over the intercom and apologised.

"There was a lot of confusion on board."

Another passenger Liam Kidney said he was "relieved to have landed safely the second time."

The flight landed on the second attempt at approximately 5.30pm.

Aer Lingus responded to the incident this evening, saying: "We apologise for any discomfort. We hope that you otherwise enjoyed your flight."

A spokesperson for the Dublin Airport Authority said the 'go around' was due to the weather conditions.

"There was a go around at 5.30pm which was due to wind shear," he told Independent.ie.

A wind shear is a difference in wind speed and direction over a relatively short distance in the atmosphere.

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