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Thursday 23 January 2020

'Suspicious' mobile phone forces plane into emergency landing

The Delta plane that had to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport
yesterday after a phone was left charging in the bathroom.
The Delta plane that had to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport yesterday after a phone was left charging in the bathroom.

A MOBILE phone discovered in the toilet of a Delta Airlines flight bound for New York sparked an emergency landing in Ireland last night.

The pilot of the aircraft, which originated in Istanbul, requested a diversion to Dublin amid concerns about the suspicious item.

It is understood the phone was discovered plugged into a shaving socket in the aircraft's toilet and wrapped in its own cable.

The Boeing 767 aircraft's 206 passengers endured a nerve-racking emergency landing when the pilot radioed Dublin Airport air traffic control requesting for permission to land. Passengers were first told the plane was diverted due to a medical emergency. But they later learned the emergency landing was as a result of the mobile phone discovery.

The plane landed at Dublin Airport about 3.45pm yesterday and was met by emergency services and the gardai.

It was taken to a remote location with the passengers still on board.

The operation was stood down when a passenger claimed ownership of the mobile phone, which had been plugged in to charge it.

No arrests were made and the aircraft resumed its flight to New York.

Irish Independent

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