Plane makes emergency landing after suffering engine failure over the Atlantic; Shannon airport, Ireland
An Easyjet plane carrying 157 passengers has made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after smoke was detected in the cockpit.
The Airbus A320 was en route from Liverpool to Naples when it touched down at about 07:20 BST.
An Easyjet spokesman said the plane, which had left Liverpool at 06:40 BST, landed safely and the passengers “remained calm”.
“At no point was the safety of passengers threatened,” he said.
“We now want to make sure we get the passengers to Naples as quickly as possible.
“Meanwhile, the plane is being inspected.”
Emily Scott, who was a passenger on the flight, said concerns grew on the plane as the acrid smell of burning grew.
She said oxygen was used in the cockpit and the pilot announced there would be an emergency landing, but the crew remained “extremely calm and professional”.
Firefighters met the plane after it landed and she boarded another plane after a two-hour wait. She has since arrived in Italy.
“I commend the crew and captain for handling the situation in such a calm manner,” she said.
Meanwhile, passengers had to be evacuated from the North Terminal departure lounge after a fire alarm was activated in the Garfunkel’s restaurant.
An airport spokeswoman said the false alarm happened at 08.30 BST and lasted about 20 minutes.
Passengers were kept airside while the lounge was isolated, she added.
No one was injured after a light plane made an emergency landing on the Muriwai Golf Course near Auckland this evening.
Fire services attended the scene at around 5.25pm, said Fire Service spokesman Michael Upton.
“We got calls from residents who heard the plane spluttering away, or its engine failing, and saw the aircraft go down on the golf course.”
Three fire appliances had since left the scene and no one on board was injured, Mr Upton said.
The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a highway ramp in Arlington, Texas, and it was all caught on camera.
It’s almost surreal.
“When you’re driving in a road, you don’t expect for a plane to be coming out of nowhere,” said driver Sean Short, who saw the incident unfold.
Short shot the video of the plane touching down in the grass median on Friday.
The landing gear reportedly clipped the ramp’s barrier wall, and the airplane crashed directly into the black pickup truck.
“It just opened up the side of my truck like a Coke can,” said driver Richard Dutton. “Trying to get onto 20 to get out West, my buddy yelled, ‘Look out!’ And I’m looking in my rearview mirror because no one was ahead of me. I’m thinking someone is trying to blow by me in the other lane, and I caught the plane coming in my peripheral. And I looked, and my knee-jerk reaction, of course, was to turn away from it. And as I turned, it looked like he tried to kick the plane out, and so we both went right. And the wing went over. I thought I’d cleared it. And then, the second wing went right in the windshield. It came through, broke off and went right down in front of my chest.”
Pictures show a piece of the plane impaled directly through his windshield.
Nearby, James Hawley heard all the commotion.
“I saw the tail of the banner falling between houses over here,” said Hawley. “[I] ran out from my house and picked it up because it was all over the place. This thing is a good 60- to 70 feet long.”
“The pilot’s OK,” said Christopher Cook, with the Arlington Police Department. “He’s in good spirits. He was up talking. He wishes he wouldn’t have hit anything. He was doing his best to try to get in the field.”
The driver of the truck credits his air bags for saving his life.
Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.