Packed easyJet plane makes emergency landing in Portugal
A packed easyJet plane has reportedly had to make an emergency landing on the Algarve after the pilot fell ill.
The co-pilot is said to have landed the aircraft with 100 people on board.
It diverted to Faro in Portugal after taking off from London Gatwick just after 6.30am this morning bound for Agadir in Morocco. It was due to arrive at 9.25am local time.
Online flight trackers are showing the Airbus A320’s unscheduled stop following the mid-air alert.
Leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha is reporting a Faro airport source has told it the diversion is the result of the pilot suffering an ‘indisposition’.
A packed easyJet plane has reportedly had to make an emergency landing on the Algarve after the pilot fell ill
It diverted to Faro in Portugal after taking off from London Gatwick just after 6.30am this morning bound for Agadir in Morocco
It said a red alert had been activated and the co-pilot successfully landed the plane.
A passenger who was travelling with 17 others for a ‘two-day’ hen do to Agadir, Morocco, claimed the co-pilot ‘shut’ her finger in the cockpit door which caused a ‘1cm cut’ which wouldn’t stop bleeding.
She told MailOnline: ‘While on board, we noticed the cabin crew running up and down.
‘The co-pilot shut her finger in the cockpit door and had a 1cm cut. As they couldn’t control the bleeding, the pilot made a quick decision to divert to Faro, Portugal.
‘Our friend who is a doctor went to help and said while it wouldn’t stop bleeding it was a bit extreme to land the flight because of this.’
She said passengers then had to wait for another flight from Gatwick, London, to arrive in Faro, to carry on to Agadir.
The passenger, who did not want to be named, said although she was ‘grateful’ for EasyJet rearranging the flight, she was ‘frustrated’ to land in Agadir four hours late because the hen do was cut short.
A passenger who was travelling with 17 others for a ‘two-day’ hen do to Agadir, Morocco, claimed the co-pilot ‘shut’ her finger in the cockpit door which caused a ‘1cm cut’ which wouldn’t stop bleeding. Pictured: EasyJet crew arriving at Faro Airport
An EasyJet spokesman said: ‘EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY6469 from London Gatwick to Agadir on 21 April diverted to Faro due to the First Officer requiring medical assistance.
‘The Captain performed a routine landing in accordance with standard operating procedures and the aircraft was met by medical services on arrival in Faro.
‘A replacement crew was arranged and passengers have since continued their journey to Agadir.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the diversion and resulting delay.
‘The safety and well-being of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.’
An Aer Lingus passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this month in Dublin just minutes after take-off after a flock of pigeons was sucked into the aircraft’s engine.
Firefighters immediately scrambled onto the runway once the aircraft had landed following the bird strike this afternoon.
Passengers reported experiencing major vibrations on the plane after the flock of birds got trapped in the right engine.
An Aer Lingus passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this month in Dublin just minutes after take-off after a flock of pigeons was sucked into the aircraft’s engine (file image)
And in February this year two British Airways transatlantic flights were forced to make an emergency landing after passengers complained of smoke and a burning smell coming from seats in the business class section.
During the first incident, on February 1, attendants on BA216 from Washington Dulles airport to London had to spray a fire extinguisher on two seats when concerned passengers reported an acrid burning smell just minutes into the eight-hour flight to the UK.
The captain then declared an emergency to air traffic controllers and the plane landed in Halifax, Canada.
All the passengers disembarked the plane normally while fire crews carried out an inspection of the seating area.
Footage shared from passenger on the flight showed fire crews moving through the cabin.
On February 10 this year, another Boeing Dreamliner was involved in a smoke incident, also in the business class section.
Passengers on the flight from Boston to Heathrow had told flight attendants they could smell smoke coming from seat 12A.
The flight was over the Atlantic Ocean and 600 miles from the nearest airport when a decision was made to divert to St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
It landed almost two hours later with the 106 passengers and crew taken to the terminal while fire fighters carried out an inspection.