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Thursday 22 February 2018

Holiday firm's jet forced to land in capital

A holiday jet was forced to declare an emergency over Ireland and divert to Dublin after the crew reported smoke in the passenger cabin.

It happened after a Thomas Cook Airlines flight with 323 passengers and crew on board left Manchester at 9am for Tenerife.

At around 9.20am the pilot of the Boeing 767-300 issued a distress call, which was picked up by air traffic controllers at Shannon.

The packed jet was about 20km north of Clonmel, Co Tipperary, when the crew reported smoke in the passenger cabin.

The flight touched down safely at around 9.40pm about 20 minutes after declaring an emergency.

The aircraft departed Dublin again shortly after 4pm and flew to Scotland while another jet arrived in Dublin shortly after 5pm.

However, the jet was not big enough to accommodate all the stranded passengers and so a second aircraft was due later in the evening.

Irish Independent

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