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Aer Lingus flight emergency stood down after safe landing

Published 24/08/2016

An Aer Lingus plane landed safely at Cork Airport after declaring a full emergency
An Aer Lingus plane landed safely at Cork Airport after declaring a full emergency

A full emergency on a flight between the UK and Ireland has been "stood down" after the plane landed safely, airport authorities have said.

The captain of the Aer Lingus service EI3701 from Birmingham to Cork declared a "full emergency" about ten minutes before it was due to land.

There were 59 passengers on board and four crew.

Reports of smoke being seen from the cockpit could not be confirmed by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which is responsible for Cork Airport.

A DAA spokesman said the plane landed safely as scheduled at about 10.05 am with emergency services on stand-by.

"All passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft," he said. "There are reports that there was smoke from the cockpit but I can't confirm that."

The Air Accident Investigation Unit of Dublin's Department of Transport has been called in to investigate the incident.

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