Fuel leak on Ryanair flight triggers travel chaos

Published on : Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ryanair flightFuel leak on a Ryanair flight FR-1402 triggered travel chaos on Monday, compelling holidaymakers to return to the Cork Airport’s terminal after the flight had been grounded.


This flight was about to depart for Tenerife immediately after 1.00 pm. and it was at this point of time that a technical issue was reported by the crew.


The passengers aboard this aircraft also said that they smelled fuel inside the cabin. They also saw fire crews at a side of the plane.


One of the passengers said that while the authorities were refueling the plane, a large quantity of fuel had spilled on the ground beneath the plane’s left wing.


The passengers said that everything appeared normal as they boarded the plane. One of the passengers then said that he suddenly thought that he smelled kerosene and that his kid was getting a very bad smell. The passenger then said that though he peeped outside the window, he did not notice anything odd.


He said that, he did notice fire crews under the left wing of the plane. It was then that he discovered that there was a fuel leak.


Next, he returned to his seat and informed the steward, who told him that it would be allright soon.


Soon after five minutes, the passengers were asked to leave the aircraft and go back to the terminal.


He said that they were not informed about anything officially.


The passengers then got down from the Boeing 737-800 jet and came back to the terminal while the plane underwent clean-up process.


Initially, the passengers were told that they would be provided with an aircraft that would fly in from Palma at 3.30 pm. But, later, they were told that they could continue their journey only from 4.25 pm onwards.


As they awaited the replacement aircraft, they were provided meal vouchers.


Finally, at around 4.40 pm., the aircraft departed and it was three and a half hours late.


A spokesperson of Ryanair said that the company offered an apology to its customers for this inconvenience. Thereafter, he added that engineers repaired the aircraft, enabling it to resume normal service.


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