A plane bound for Barcelona from Belfast made an emergency landing last night after pilots raised concerns about a suspected fuel leak.
The Boeing 737-300 Air Contractors flight was carrying 149 passengers and a full crew. Nobody was injured in the incident.
After making the diversion from its route to Reus airport near Barcelona, the aircraft made a safe landing in Cork.
Pilot on Air Contractors flight from Belfast to Barcelona declared an emergency due to a suspected fuel leak Aircraft landed safely at 23:45— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) June 24, 2014
Activation of the Emergency Plan @Cork_Airport for an aircraft diverting to Cork was stood down at 23:50 once the Aircraft had landed safely— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) June 24, 2014
Gardaí, safety crews and engineers were quickly on hand to inspect the scene.
Aircraft was checked by fire brigade on the taxiway and now taxiing to in front of the old terminal. Runway inspection now requested #cork— Matt K (@Comeragh_) June 24, 2014
A Cork Airport spokesman confirmed that a runway inspection had taken place, and no fuel has been detected on the airport runways. The exact cause of the emergency could not be confirmed until a full inspection has been completed, however.
The runway at @Cork_Airport #cork is currently closed as a full inspection needed to check for fuel on the runway— Matt K (@Comeragh_) June 24, 2014
Normal services have now resumed at the airport. The incident did not cause any disruption to the airport’s flight schedule, the spokesman said.
Update: no sign of fuel on the runways and two aircraft incoming for landings. Looks like the runway will be reopened #cork @Cork_Airport— Matt K (@Comeragh_) June 24, 2014
All passengers and crew on the flight will be staying overnight in Cork. It is thought that alternative arrangements will be made for them to continue their journey to Barcelona tomorrow.
Aer Lingus flight from Lanzarote to #Cork just cleared to land. So operations are now back to normal at @Cork_Airport. Night folks!— Matt K (@Comeragh_) June 24, 2014