Passenger with gun forces Madeira bound easyJet flight to make emergency landing

Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016

eMadeira bound easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger was claimed to have a gun. The flight had to be diverted 600 miles from its destination. It had to make an emergency landing in Lisbon.


The man, who was sitting near the back of the easyJet flight, was arrested by Portuguese police when the service touched down more than 600 miles away in Lisbon. The flight was met by police in the Portuguese capital and then made its way to Madeira.


It was delayed by about two hours. The passenger was found not to have a gun. Passengers waiting there to return to Edinburgh from their holidays on the same plane were also delayed.


Families said they were left panic-stricken when crew members rushed through the plane as it suddenly began its descent.


The airline had later apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers but stressed it takes such incidents seriously.


An Easyjet spokeswoman said that, easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6957 from Edinburgh to Funchal on 1 August diverted to Lisbon and was met by police due to a passenger behaving disruptively. It was only after landing that the pilot explained that the rowdy behaviour had left him no choice but to act.







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