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Ryanair flight RK178 departed Belfast International Airport (BFS) and was en route to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) when it had to make a u-turn due to what it described as a “minor technical issue.” Passengers onboard reported the issue was that a door was left open.
Testing once we landed again pic.twitter.com/XZCeoo2ae2
— GerΔrd (@gh2d09) October 17, 2023
The Independent is reporting that an emergency light came on in the cockpit not long after takeoff that alerted the pilots that there was a pressurization issue. They quickly returned to the airport only 37 minutes after takeoff.
Ryanair issued the following statement:
This flight from Belfast to Edinburgh (17 October) returned to Belfast International Airport shortly after departure due to a minor technical issue with the aircraft. The aircraft landed normally and to minimise disruption to passengers, an alternative aircraft was quickly arranged, which departed for Edinburgh Airport at 00.40 local [time]. Ryanair sincerely apologises to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused.”
BelfastLive states that the pilot kept checking the door and that “the flight attendants were shook up and in tears.” Thankfully, the plane returned to Belfast International Airport (BFS) without further incident and no injuries were reported.
Anthony’s Take: Emergency landings are scary. I have experienced aborted takeoffs and landings, but never a true emergency (thankfully). The pilots appear to have done a good job in addressing this issue quickly and returning everyone onboard safely.
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