A plane made an emergency landing in Manchester after all the cabin lights switched themselves off – and TWENTY-FIVE warning lights started flashing.
Flight BE-2066 from Edinburgh to Brussels was en route with 20 passengers and four crew when trouble started with one warning light.
The pilot decided to continue to Brussels, but the cabin lights starting failing from the front of the cabin and heading backwards until passengers and crew were left in darkness.
A few minutes later, more warning lights began flashing and the co-pilot’s flight display failed.
The cockpit lights and the right hand audio/radio control unit then switched off.
Crew started using the emergency torch light, but that also failed – and the crew decided to divert to Manchester.
While descending towards Manchester the flight director failed and several more caution messages appeared.
The jet landed safely and passengers were offloaded and boarded the next available flight.
After the incident, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch launched a probe into the incident.
Their report, part of their June bulletin, showed the incident last October was caused by a malfunction in the right generator.
It said the manufacturer’s inspection had found ‘severe pitting on the auxillary contacts’ which caused a battery to drain – and the loss of power.
A Flybe spokesman said: “The safety of passengers and crew is always the highest priority, and at no time was this flight compromised. This issue resulted from an unusual set of circumstances affecting some of the electrical systems of the aircraft.
“The aircraft, with 20 passengers and four crew on board landed safely following its diversion into Manchester Airport. Passengers were accommodated on the next available flight.
“Flybe has since worked closely with the AAIB and manufacturers on their subsequent investigation and has carried out all recommendations made, which has included changing a number of electrical components.