Overnight: Aer Lingus Flight Makes Emergency Landing at JFK, Catches on Fire

While you were sleeping last night, an Aer Lingus flight to Shannon, Ireland diverted to New York’s JFK Airport after it experienced hydraulic issues shortly after take off. The Boeing 757 returned to JFK just 15 minutes after take off at 7:15 PM.  The flight was scheduled to arrive at Shannon Airport at 6:00 AM.  It was carrying 115 passengers and crew, all of whom were uninjured.

Aer Lingus Flight EI110

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Coverage was prompt from the Irish Times, which stated:

The flight’s departure appeared normal for the first 5 minutes when the crew first reported a problem about 70 kilometres east of the JFK. The flight had been handed over to controllers at Boston Centre when the crew confirmed they had a technical issue that they wished to deal with. The Boeing 757-200 jet was cleared to stop climbing and level off at 16,000 feet so the crew could investigate the problem. A short time later the crew confirmed that one of the jet’s hydraulic systems was inoperable as a result of a hydraulic fluid leak and that they would have to return to JFK.

Even after the flight had landed, the anxiety inducing event was not over for the passengers:

After a safe landing, the jet was quickly surrounded by emergency vehicles. Both main landing gear were found to be smoking as a result of leaking hydraulic fluid that was ignited by the warm breaks. Fire crews also confirmed that there was a small fire in one of the landing gear but this was quickly brought under control. The pilot confirmed that he suspected the fire resulted from the leaking fluid igniting but that all readings in the cockpit were normal. “It just looked like a sci-fi movie. The actual touchdown itself was pretty bumpy, but not out of control considering, he did an excellent job. Right away we could see there were maybe 15 or 20 fire trucks right on the runway immediately, ready to drive up, and they started spraying us like almost immediately,” said passenger Patrick Dyer Wolf.

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