Saturday 23 February 2019

US bound flight forced to make emergency landing in Dublin following engine fault

Ethiopian flight ET500 Credit: pilot_ngb
Ethiopian flight ET500 Credit: pilot_ngb

David Kearns

A flight bound for Washington has made an emergency landing in Dublin Airport following an engine fault.

The Ethiopian plane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, had landed earlier today at the Airport for a short refuelling before heading on to the United States.

Over an hour and a half into the flight, it reported one of its engines had shut down.

Flight ET500 landed safely in Dublin Airport at 8:35 am, a DAA spokesperson said.

“The flight suffered a technical fault and had to return to Dublin. We’ve not further details at this time.”

Emergency services were on standby as a precaution.

It is understood that there were upwards of 300 people on-board the plane when it landed in Dublin.

Bank holiday weekend is extremely busy at Dublin Airport with up to 2,500 flights and some 300,000 passengers expected to travel.

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