Emergency landing at Belfast airport

Published Tuesday, 03 June 2014
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An easyJet flight from Manchester made an emergency landing at Belfast International airport on Monday due to a suspected technical fault.

Emergency landing at Belfast airport
An easyJet plane had to make an emergency landing. (© Harrisons)

The plane flying from Manchester Airport was met by emergency services on arrival as a precautionary measure before it was towed to a stand for a full inspection.

A spokesperson said passengers were able to disembark as normal.

They added that the aircraft was fully checked over on arrival by engineers and is now back in operation.

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY137 from Manchester Airport landed safely and routinely at Belfast International Airport on 2 June," a statement said.

"The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's number one priority."

Kate Johnston, who was on board the plane, described the ordeal as "like something out of a movie".

"The captain asked for one of the crew members to come to the cockpit," she said.

"It became very obvious there was a problem. At first we weren't being told too much and then we were asking whether we'd be landing on water or make it to the runway, the runway at that point was about 20 minutes away.

"The staff came down and said to everybody, explained how to do the brace position, to take our shoes off, and they explained to the people at the emergency doors what they had to do, so it was all quite real.

"People started to cry, including myself. There [were] lots of children on the plane as well who were getting a bit upset."

She added that the crew had been "great" throughout the incident.

© UTV News
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16 Comments
caroline in craigavon wrote (177 days ago):
received an email from easyjet saying that a manager met us coming of the flight and that everyone on board was checked over by northern ireland ambulance service. Did anyone get this treatment and was i just blind to it all. Hate when your made out to be lying.
Observer in Online wrote (198 days ago):
Michael in T'patrick - what is your assessment of easyjet being a "crap airline" based on? I have been flying with them every month for the last 3 years and I see no reason at all to complain about them. Their flight crews are professional, they have an unblemished safety record, they treat their customers well and have only been significantly late twice in all that time I have flown with them. I tend to agree with some others here that you are just a troll.
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (199 days ago):
Paul, because it's a crap airline?
Paul in Belfast wrote (200 days ago):
@ Michael and Becca, what drama queens ! Why give easyjet a wide berth ? Would another airline have handled an emergency landing better ? As with all models of cars, Technical faults can occur with all models of Aircraft and Airlines. Well done to the Pilots and Cabin Crew involved.
Jim in NI wrote (200 days ago):
These things happen. They happen everyday and they are always going to happen. Airlines nor airplanes need to be given a wide berth because of things like this. I don't know if it was a bit of slow communication of the part of the (usually excellent) cabin crew or if it's just a cherry-picked quote to make the article more exciting but there should never have been a need to ask if they were going to make it to 'the runway' or be landing on water.
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