The pilots of a flight Ryanair bound for Edinburgh Turnhouse from Belfast had to make a U-turn and then a emergency landinge after noticing that one of the plane’s doors had remained open.
Flight RK 178 took off on October 17, 2023 at 7:48 p.m. local time. Shortly after takeoff, emergency lighting came on in the cockpit of the B737-800. Passengers on the flight later told British media BirminghamLive that the pilot had repeatedly checked the plane’s door, while the flight attendants appeared “terrified” and were in tears. The plane landed safely at Belfast Airport at 8:21 p.m. local time, less than an hour after departing.
A passenger told Belfast Live that the passengers were “aware that something was wrong” as soon as the plane takes off. A Ryanair spokesperson admitted the incident to The Independentbut chose to describe it as a “minor technical problem”. “This flight from Belfast to Edinburgh (October 17) returned to Belfast International Airport shortly after departure due to a minor technical problem with the aircraft”, indicated the spokesperson. Still according to low cost, “The plane landed normally and to minimize disruption to passengers, another plane was quickly arranged, which departed for Edinburgh Airport at 12:40 a.m. local time. Ryanair sincerely apologizes to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused. »