Ireland Aer Lingus flight forced to return to Dublin Airport over fears hare sucked into jet engine

16:35  10 may  2018
16:35  10 may  2018 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Two flights have been forced to return to Dublin Airport . The jet circled over the Irish Sea east of Dublin for about 30 minutes before commencing its approach. Aer Lingus said passengers would be re-accommodated on another flight .

Cheap fares on Aer Lingus flights . Dublin - Manchester. return from 31€. Headquartered in Dublin International Airport , Aer Lingus is Ireland’s second largest airline, after low cost competitor, Ryanair.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited An Aer Lingus flight was forced to return to Dublin Airport this morning amid fears that a hare had been sucked into one of the jet’s engines during take-off.

Flight EI-582 departed Dublin at 8.15am and was bound for Malaga in Spain with 287 passengers on board.

Soon after take-off the crew informed air traffic controllers that they had struck two ‘rabbits or hares’ on departure.

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An inspection of the runway was carried out and at least one hare carcass was discovered. It was feared that a second dead hare may have been sucked into one of the Airbus A330-300’s engines.

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AN AER LINGUS transatlantic flight has returned to Dublin Airport this afternoon after “significant damage” to runway lights was discovered after the jet had departed. Aer Lingus flight EI-141 departed Dublin at around 3.20pm bound for Miami.

An Aer Lingus flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to divert to Shannon, Ireland after one engine shut down during takeoff. EI145, an A330-200 traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles, departed Dublin on-schedule at 3:25p from Dublin .

The crew continued their journey for a time but turned around about 30 minutes later just north of the French coast. The flight returned to Dublin for a safe landing. The crew did not declare and emergency but airport crews were standing by for the flights return.

Engineers were also waiting to inspect the aircraft while a replacement plane will take the passengers onto their destination later this afternoon.

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An Aer Lingus spokeswoman said: “Flight EI582 departed Dublin Airport this morning, en route to Malaga with 287 guests on board. The aircraft turned back less than one hour into the flight, due to a technical issue, and landed safely at Dublin at 9.52am."

"Guests disembarked normally and will be flown to Malaga this afternoon on a replacement aircraft. We apologise to our guests for this disruption to their travel plans,” the company said.

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