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Published on : Wednesday, May 25, 2016
EasyJet flight EZY8704 had to make a risky emergency landing on Tuesday 24th May, as the captain smelt burning stench in the cockpit. Airbus A320 landed with 167 passengers and six crew members, after it took flight from Tenerife Holiday Island. The flight was full of holidaymakers from Britain, many of whom were babies. EasyJet pilot managed to save the day, when the plane was descending very precipitously, that too for seven minutes.
The flight took off almost at 12:41 pm. After one hour, the pilot sensed that something was wrong, as he smelt the burning smell. He landed the flight safely at a remote island named Porto Santo.
One of the passengers, Mike Rowse informed, ““The plane started to descend quickly and then the captain came on and said there was a technical issue with the plane and we would be diverting and we would landing in seven or eight minutes. We were about an hour in the flight. At the time we didn’t know what was going on. We were a bit apprehensive – one lady a couple of rows in front was hyperventilating – panicking.” He also stated that the crew were fantastic during the incident.
The passengers were told that the bearings on a fan under the floor were creating the burning smell.
The EasyJet authority gave their statement, “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY8704 from Tenerife South to London Gatwick on 24 May 2016, diverted to Porto Santo due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely and once at its stand all passengers disembarked normally.”
The spokesperson also said, “The safety of its passengers and crew is EasyJet’s highest priority and EasyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.”
After the flight landed, the EasyJet authority took all the passengers to a nearby hotel and provided them with food and other comforts.
The passengers were taken to London Gatwick, later in the evening.