Sunday 25 August 2019

Aer Lingus flight forced to make emergency landing after bird strike causes engine fire

Aer Lingus (Stock picture)
Aer Lingus (Stock picture)

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

An Aer Lingus flight was forced to make a dramatic return to Dublin Airport for an emergency landing on Saturday after a bird was ingested into its engine.

The plane, which had just departed Dublin Airport with 176 passengers bound for Philadelphia, didn’t get out of Irish airspace after the bird strike caused a flame-out in its engine.

It is thought that at least one bird was ingested into the Boeing 757-200’s right engine on the runway in Dublin Airport.

Luckily for those on board however, the plane’s pilot was quick to react to the danger. The pilot issued a Pan-Pan distress call, which tells air traffic controllers that there is an urgent issue, but that for the time being there is no immediate danger to the vessel or anyone’s life.

The controller confirmed seeing the flame-out in the starboard (right-hand side) engine and the pilot returned to safely operate the emergency landing.

The flight, EI115, which took off around 13:35 from Dublin was cancelled, along with its return flight EI114.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus confirmed that the airline is working on making alternative arrangements for passengers while they sort a replacement flight.

"Aer Lingus flight EI115 (Dublin to Philadelphia ) was required to turn back when the aircraft experienced a bird strike shortly after take-off this afternoon,” they said.

"As a result flight EI115 and return flight EI114 (Philadelphia to Dublin) have been cancelled today.

"Our Guest Relations team are working on a recovery plan for affected guests who will be offered hotel accommodation as required and will be accommodated on the next available transatlantic services.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to our guests."

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