Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Smoke forces emergency landing

A Thomas Cook plane had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit
A Thomas Cook plane had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit

A passenger plane has made a safe emergency landing at Dublin Airport after crew detected smoke in the cockpit.

The Thomas Cook flight touched down without incident at about 9.40am on Friday, a spokeswoman for the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said.

The plane was en route from Manchester to Tenerife.

"The aircraft was en route from Manchester. There was a report of smoke in the cockpit," the spokeswoman said.

All passengers have been evacuated from the plane.

The DAA's full emergency response was put into action and backed up by at least a dozen fire and ambulance crews from across Dublin as a precaution.

Thomas Cook said all 323 passengers and crew disembarked from the plane without incident and were taken to a waiting area in the terminal.

The holiday company said flight TCX2038 had been diverted to Dublin after the captain became aware of "a minor technical issue".

A spokesman for the holiday company said: "We would like to thank our passengers for their patience and we promise to get them back on their way to Tenerife as quickly as possible."

Thomas Cook said it was working to source another plane for the journey to the Canary Islands and minimise the delay for holidaymakers.

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