Ryanair flight forced to make emergency landing after taking off from Manchester Airport
A flight from Manchester to Faro was forced to make an emergency landing after reports of a “fire on board”.
Halfway through, Ryanair flight FR4052 changed route and landed in Brest, in western France.
The flight took off from Manchester shortly after 6.30 p.m. on Monday January 3, reports the MEN.
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However, shortly after takeoff, the plane was photographed on the French runway surrounded by firefighters present.
It was reported that the emergency landing was due to a “fire” on the plane, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Flight trackers quickly took to Twitter and social media to express their shock at the landing.
With flight tracking software suggesting the aircraft descended rapidly from 41,000 feet to 6,725 feet in seven minutes.
A Twitter user said: “I wonder what happened to the flight # FR4052 so that the plane goes down so fast. ”
Another user @MellowoodHill said: “Good news Ryanair # FR4052 landed safely in BES shouting 7700. But saint moly, it was a quick descent there. ”
The Boeing 737 plane operated by Ryanair was encountered on the runway by emergency services and the passengers were reportedly escorted on a bus by French police.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This flight from Manchester to Faro (January 03) was rerouted to Brest airport as a precaution due to a minor technical issue which caused an unidentified smell of smoke in the cabin.
âThe passengers disembarked from the plane normally and were taken to a secure area of ââBrest airport where they were provided with refreshments. A plane from London Stansted was arranged to carry the passengers on the rest of their trip to Faro, after a delay of less than 3 hours.
“After an inspection of the aircraft by our engineers, the aircraft was returned to service.”
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