Aer Lingus flight forced to make emergency landing after smoke reported in cockpit
An Aer Lingus flight from Cork to London Heathrow was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after departure.
Flight EI 712 departed at 11.50am from Cork Airport but was forced to turn back when smoke was reported in the cockpit.
Pilots raised the alarm and several ambulances and fire crew met the aircraft as a precautionary measure.
Passengers were evacuated by chute and no injuries were reported.
151 passengers and crew were on board and efforts are now being made to transfer or reschedule passengers to London.
A spokesperson for Cork Airport told Independent.ie: "Cork Airport can confirm that Aer Lingus flight EI712, from Cork to London Heathrow returned back to the airport shortly after take off at 12.46 and landed safely at 13.23.
"A full activation of the airport's emergency plan was deployed with Cork City and Cork County Fire Services as well as HSE ambulances turning out in support of the Cork Airport Fire and Police Service.
"All passengers returned safely to the terminal."
Cork Airport did not comment on the cause of the smoke.