[Aviation Herald] A Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft destined for Ibiza had to make an emergency diversion today after a suspected technical malfunction possibly affected the control the pilots had over their aircraft.
The Ryanair flight from Eindhoven in Holland was on its way to the Balearic Islands resort of Ibiza, when the pilots on-board decided to abort the flight and head for Charleroi Airport in nearby Belgium to attempt a landing.
The aircraft was just under 30 miles south of Paris at an altitude of 37,000 feet as the drama unfolded and the crew made their decision to abort the flight.
Flight FR3541 landed safely some 45 minute later with the airports emergency services on full standby.
Passengers from the flight later spoke of the aircraft rolling violently from side to side as the pilots were prompted to take precautionary actions.
Happily within 3 hours of landing at Charleroi Airport a replacement plane was brought into service and took the weary passengers onto their original destination, landing with a 3 hour delay.
Chris Newman for the Airport Informer
From an original report by The Aviation Herald
15th May, 2012