Easyjet had to make a forced emergency landing after the problem was detected. The passengers were shocked and terrified. They were put through the evacuation drill before the flight returned to the airport and made a safe landing.
MILAN – EasyJet flight makes emergency landing after engine cover tore off minutes later it took off from Milan airport. The flight was carrying 174 passengers.
The Airbus A320 returned to the airport minutes after it took off. The passengers and the travelers were asked to evacuate the plane though fire engines were on standby. They were all taken off the airbus safely and no reports of casualties or injuries were reported. They came out of the airbus through the staircase and no emergency chutes were deployed.
The jet took off from Milan’s Malpensa airport bound for Lisbon. It had 174 passengers and six crew on-board. Once the plane took off at the speed of 200mph on the runway and took off, seconds later the engine cover tore off. Some of the travelers witnessed the scene when the engine cover fell off.
The passengers were horrified but were relieved after the plane landed safely. The airport was closed down when the plane was about to land. This incident diverted two other planes which were about land in Milan’s Malpensa airport. After making a safe landing the plane was put into reverse but this made another piece of cover fall away from the left hand wing, a part of already exposed engine.
A substitute jet took the holidaymakers and the travelers to Lisbon after three hours. Food and drink vouchers were provided to the passengers. However reports say that some of the passengers denied traveling in the replacement jet after they saw a second metal piece come of the damaged engine after landing.
The sources reported that the airbus company said, “’easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2715 from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lisbon on 12 August returned from airborne shortly after take off due to a technical issue with one of the engines.The aircraft landed routinely and safely using both engines. All passengers disembarked and easyJet provided an alternative aircraft so they were able to continue their journey to Lisbon later that evening.” They further added, “The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience experienced due to the delay. easyJet is investigating the technical issue and will work alongside the relevant safety authorities according to our procedures.
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