Posts Tagged ‘emergency landing’


[BBC News] An Airbus A380 plane operated by Singapore Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing in Azerbaijan due to loss of cabin pressure.

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing. Picture: BBC / Amelia Yeh

The plane was flying from London to Singapore and had 467 passengers and 27 crew members on board.

The airline said that oxygen masks were deployed and the aircraft landed “uneventfully” at the Baku airport.

It said that none of the passengers or crew was injured and that it was investigating what caused the problem.

“We are seeking clearance from local authorities to transfer affected customers to a hotel until a replacement aircraft arrives from Singapore,” a spokesman for the airline said in a statement.

In response to passenger reports that it was because of a faulty door, a Singapore Airlines spokesman said that “on the earlier flight into London there was a noise reported from one of the main deck doors”.

But he added that “the door was inspected by engineers on the ground in London with no findings, and the aircraft was cleared for continued operation”.

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
6th Jan, 2014


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[Daily Mail] A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a remote Canadian town after suspected toxic oil fumes were reported on the flight deck.

The co-pilot started to feel nauseous before unscheduled stop was made at Goose Bay, Newfoundland.

The co-pilot started to feel nauseous before unscheduled stop was made at Goose Bay, Newfoundland. Photo: Wikipedia

The Boeing 777, carrying 158 passengers from Heathrow to Philadelphia, made the unscheduled stop at Goose Bay, in Newfoundland, in temperatures of -30C after fumes started to cause eye and throat irritation halfway through the eight hour flight. The co-pilot also became incapacitated after he started to feel nauseous nearly half an hour later.

Oxygen masks were then required for the captain and first officer, so they could make the landing last Sunday, according to the Sunday Express.

The news comes just two weeks after the first picture was released of one of two top BA pilots who died within days of each other after complaining about being exposed to toxic oil fumes on passenger planes.

Last month it was reported Richard Westgate, 43, died after instructing his lawyers to sue BA for health and safety breaches days before fellow pilot Karen Lysakowska, 43, passed away.

Both claimed they had been poisoned by the fumes that can contaminate cabin air and which regularly force pilots to wear oxygen masks.

Read the full story at the Mail Online…..


Mail Online – James Rush
10 Feb, 2013



[AOL] An EL AL Israel Airlines plane that took off from London for Tel Aviv Thursday night had to return to Heathrow airport after an engine failed.

A  "bang" was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

A “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail. Photo: Wikipedia

The Boeing 747 was carrying 411 passengers and crew at the time of the incident, and the plane had reached 26,000 feet when a “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

The smell of burning wafted into the cabin, according to reports.

Captain Ilan Margalit, 58, told the Globes newspaper that a flight attendant informed him flames were seen in the engine.

He said: “We immediately took fire suppressing measures in the engine, something we’ve been trained an uncountable number of times in the simulator. We did it from memory, without the need to consult the manual.

“These actions included shutting down the engine, closing the engine’s fuel line, and pulling the fire suppressing handle, which arms the fire suppressant bottles.

“Since there was no indication of fire in the engine, the bottles were not used.”

Margalit, who has been working for El Al for 17 years, called the control tower at Heathrow and declared an emergency.

He told the Globe: “I called Mayday, Mayday, Mayday to the London control tower and immediately turned around to land at Heathrow. We were back on the ground within 15 minutes.

“Although this happens to a pilot once in a lifetime, the plane was not in danger. I could have continued to fly to Tel Aviv on three engines, but we’re educated at El Al not to take any risk.
Safety is paramount. I declared an emergency, not because the plane was in danger, but because to get the full attention of the Heathrow control tower and all the quiet to fly without disturbances.”

Mr Margalit added that he kept the passengers and crew calm with constant explanations of what was happening, adding that out of the 411 passengers and crew, there was only one panicked traveller.

He said that a plane may be in danger when it loses both engines on the same side, but added: “We’re trained for that too.”

Read the original story at AOL Travel…..


AOL Travel
Jul 6, 2012



[Gazettelive.co.uk] A holiday jet had to make an emergency landing after an alleged mid-air punch-up involving a Teesside man.

The Alicante bound plane had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport where a Teesside man and woman were taken off the plane and arrested.

The Alicante bound plane had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport where a Teesside man and woman were taken off the plane and arrested. Photo: Wikipedia

The holiday mood soon turned sour after a row broke out on board an easyJet flight, shortly after it had taken off from Newcastle.

Due to the incident, the plane, which was bound for Alicante in Spain had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport, on the outskirts of London, where a Teesside man and woman were taken off the plane and arrested.

The flight on Tuesday evening continued without them, arriving at its destination in the Costa Brava over two-and-a-half hours late.

Ross Jameson, 23, a fire service employee of Lawson Close, South Bank, Middlesbrough has been charged with acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.

Jordan Summersgill, 19, unemployed, of Fawcett Avenue, Stainton, Middlesbrough, has been charged with being drunk on an aircraft.

Both have been bailed and will appear at Mid-Sussex Magistrates’ Court later this month…….

Read the full story at Gazettelive.co.uk……


By Naomi Corrigan, Evening Gazette
May 19th, 2012



[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 plane was rolling violently from side to side when the pilots decide to divert.  Photo: Wikipedia

The plane was rolling violently from side to side when the pilots decide to divert. Photo: Wikipedia

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.

Orginal report from The Aviation Herald…..


Chris Newman for the Airport Informer
From an original report by The Aviation Herald
15th May, 2012



[EDP24] This morning an engine failure on a KLM flight forced an emergency landing at Norwich International Airport.

The Amsterdam bound flight was diverted to Norwich following an engine failure: photo: Wikipedia

The Amsterdam bound Fokker 70 flight was diverted to Norwich following an engine failure: photo: Wikipedia

Passengers on a flight diverted to Norwich International Airport were given a scare this morning, after one of the engines on their plane shut down.

The KLM Fokker 70 on a flight from Teeside to Amsterdam was diverted to Norwich because of the problem, landing safely at 11.05am with 45 passengers and crew on board.

The plane taxied to an empty runway and the integrated emergency plan involving fire and police services completed an inspection.

The passengers are now waiting to be put on to a different connecting flight to Amsterdam.

Read the whole story at EDP24.co.uk


David Freezer
Friday, May 4, 2012



A blaze on board a packed jet forced an emergency landing at Gatwick yesterday.

The 299 passengers and 13 crew on board were evacuated using escape slides in a drama that closed the airport for several hours. Fifteen required hospital attention, many with suspected broken bones. Scores of other flights had to be suspended, delaying thousands of passengers

Flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended for nearly two hours after the incident, which left 15 passengers with minor injuries

Flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended for nearly two hours after the incident, which left 15 passengers with minor injuries

  • Fifteen injured as fire extinguishers used to tackle blaze at rear of aircraft
  • Virgin Airbus A330 bound for Florida had to return due to ‘technical problem’
  • Flights in and out of Gatwick suspended as passengers escape aircraft
  • Incoming flights have been diverted, with some landing at Stansted
  • Virgin owner Sir Richard Branson tweets his apologies to those on board

The Airbus A330 turned back just 15 minutes into its flight to Orlando in Florida as smoke began to fill the cabin. Some passengers accused the staff of panicking as the aircraft landed and its emergency chutes were deployed.

Liam Moore, a passenger, said everybody was ‘really shaken up’.

‘Everything seemed fine,’ he said. ‘Then the pilot came on the tannoy just a few minutes into the flight and said we would have to do an emergency landing. It all happened so quickly. We landed and suddenly all the doors flung open and the emergency slides were inflated.

‘We then had to slide down the chutes, some people got cuts and grazes from the slide.

‘Police cars were flying up the runway. There were four fire engines, paramedics, a helicopter.’

Fire crews used powerful extinguishers to douse the flames as the Airbus stood on the runway. All flights at Gatwick were suspended, leaving thousands stranded and facing an afternoon of delays. The airport had been due to deal with 600 flights during the day.

Passenger Tom Alridge said one of the cabin crew panicked after the  plane touched down: ‘She was screaming like a banshee – “Get off, get off” – she was literally pushing people down the chute,’ he said.

‘Someone has a broken ankle, another guy hit his head when he went down the chute.’

Another passenger, Mark Bell, from Bracknell, told the BBC: ‘I knew something was wrong when we took off. The plane was really wobbly.

‘The cabin crew made things worse. They were all really panicked. We weren’t told anything other than we had to go back to Gatwick and make an emergency landing.

‘We circled the airport twice before the landing. We were told to evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.’…..

Read the full story at The Daily Mail….


By RAY MASSEY
17 April 2012



Reporting from the scene of the incident – London Gatwick: 12:30 16th April 2012.

Flights in and out of Gatwick Airport are suspended after a plane bound for the United States is forced to make an emergency landing

I’m currently sitting on an easyJet Airbus 319, that was bound for Vienna, at the western holding point. Our aircraft was number one in departure traffic but was held at this point due to an inbound emergency being declared.

Our engines have been shut down.

A Virgin Airbus A330 has just landed under full emergency procedures at Gatwick Airport.

The flight was given a priority landing spot and has stopped on the runway itself after the flight crew were alerted to the possibility of smoke in the cargo hold. The emergency shoots were used to quickly disembark the passengers on to the runway.

All flights, both departing and landing have been put on hold as the stricken aircraft is checked out by Fire Services. Passengers are currently standing to the side of the runway awaiting collection by Gatwick Airport staff.

The aircraft will have to have it’s emergency chutes detached before it can be cleared from the main runway. We have been informed that the delay and the reopening of the runway is likely to take at least an hour.

So far the Fire Service have not found any problems in the cargo holds.


Reported by Chris Newman
For The Airport Informer
12:30 16th April 2012