News Plane incidents — 20 November 2017

An Easyjet flight from Newcastle to Malaga was forced to make an emergency landing in France due to a “technical issue”.

Flight EZY6407 took off from Newcastle International Airport at approximately 2.20pm on Monday but the plane began to rapidly descend while flying over the Bay of Biscay and landed at Brest Airport in North West France.

Easyjet said the emergency landing was a precaution, due to a suspected technical issue.

One passenger on Twitter claimed smoke could be smelled inside the cabin.

Neil Acris, who was onboard the flight, said he felt sharp descent and said despite the smell there was no sign of any smoke in the aircraft.

He said: “The pilot just informed us that it has landed as a precaution as they had noted warning.

“There was a sudden change of cabin pressure.”

Mr Acris said staff “handled the situation very calmly and professionally”.

Passengers stranded in Brest have now been told that the airline is sending a replacement aircraft from Gatwick.

An Easyjet spokeswoman said: “Easyjet can confirm that flight EZY6407 from Newcastle to Malaga on November 20 2017 diverted to Brest as a precaution due to a suspected technical issue.

“The captain requested an expedited landing and the aircraft was met by emergency services as a precaution and in line with our procedures.

“Easyjet has arranged for a replacement aircraft to take passengers from Brest to Malaga later this evening.

“The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is Easyjet’s highest priority. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the delay.”

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