Jet2 flight makes emergency landing as burning smell engulfs plane

Published on : Friday, September 5, 2014

jet2-holidays-300x78A planeload of passengers made an emergency landing have described how they forced open a door and jumped from the wing.


According to Jet2 officils said the flight, which landed at East Midlands Airport at 21:10 BST on Wednesday, had a “minor electrical fault”.

A passenger on the Ibiza flight said there was a “strong… burning smell”.

The Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) informed that it sent a team “to investigate a serious incident to a commercial airliner that occurred at East Midlands Airport”, on Wednesday evening.

An airport spokesman said three other flights were diverted to Birmingham and full safety procedures were followed. The Boeing 737 jet can carry up to 150 passengers.

Kyle Charles, from Strelley Village, Nottinghamshire, said: “We circled above the airport and tried but failed to land. “We landed on the second attempt. When we landed it turned into sheer carnage.”

Fire crews from Castle Donington were sent to East Midlands Airport
Charles said the crew opened the main doors at the back and front of the plane, where the inflatable chutes drop down, but not the ones over the wings.

Malcolm Yates, who was also on the flight, said the intercom failed and there was no communication between cabin staff and passengers in the air.

“We soon saw the fire engines lined up,” he said.

“You could smell the burning, a strong electrical burning smell. That’s when people started to panic, screaming ‘get the kids off!’

“The stewardess kicked the door down up the front. I remember her taking a great big lunge for it to smash it down.”

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Following the safe arrival at East Midlands Airport of flight LS644 we decided to disembark passengers as quickly as possible as a precautionary safety measure because a minor electrical problem led to some smoke in the cabin.


We transported the passengers t0o a safe zone and everything is under sontrol/”

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