News Plane incidents — 22 October 2017

An Aer Lingus transatlantic flight returned to Dublin Airport on Friday after ‘significant damage’ to runway lights was discovered after the jet had departed.

Aer Lingus flight EI-141 departed Dublin at around 3.20pm bound for Miami in the US with 226 passengers and crew on board.

The Airbus A330-200 jet was about 15 minutes into its journey when the crew was contacted by air traffic controllers. The crew was advised that “signification damage to runway lights” had been discovered at Dublin Airport while there was also evidence of a runway excursion.

Ground crews at Dublin reported finding tyre tracks in the grass adjacent to the runway. A runway excursion is when an aircraft or it’s undercarriage departs from the paved surface of a runway.

After being advised of the damage discovered at Dublin, the crew of flight 141 made contact with Aer Lingus’ operations centre to seek advice.

It’s believed the aircraft’s undercarriage may have struck lights at the side of the runway during take-off and the crew returned as a precaution to have the jet inspected.

In the meantime the flight continued its journey for over 300 kilometres over the Atlantic before the crew opted to turn around and return to Dublin so that an inspection could be carried out.

A number of flights were placed in holding patterns away from airport while the emergency aircraft was allowed a priority landing.

The aircraft landed safely at Dublin at 5:35pm and was met by airport fire crews who accompanied the jet to the terminal building remaining with with it for a time. The crew confirmed to controllers that all indications were ‘normal’ after landing.

An Aer Lingus spokeswoman said: “Aer Lingus flight EI141 departed Dublin at 15:17 en route to Miami. The flight returned to base at Dublin Airport in order for a precautionary inspection of the aircraft to be carried out.”

 


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