Knock flight makes emergency landing in Dublin after smoke in toilet

By Pat Flynn

A flight from Knock to Manchester has made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport.

Flybe flight 664 departed Ireland West Airport at around 5.10pm. Minutes later, the crew declared an emergency.

The crew of the Dash 8 turboprop plane requested permission to divert and land in Dublin after initially reporting smoke in the toilet.

Emergency services were alerted and placed on standby ahead the flight's arrival while other inbound aircraft were placed in holding patterns for a time.

The plane landed safely at 5.40pm and taxied to the terminal building where it is being inspected by fire crews and engineers.

In a statement, the airline said: "Flybe can confirm that the captain of the flight travelling to Manchester from Knock took the decision to divert to Dublin Airport following an activation of the toilet smoke alarm.

"As is standard industry procedure, the airport placed its emergency vehicles on standby.

"The aircraft landed without incident and the 74 passengers disembarked normally after it had taxied to stand.

"The aircraft is currently being inspected by engineers to investigate the reason for the alert and passengers will be re-accommodated on the next available flight.

"Flybe apologises for any inconvenience experienced but the safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority."


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