VIDEO: Emergency landing in Cork Airport as captain reports issue on board plane

An emergency landing has taken place at Cork Airport this morning, with reports that the cockpit on the Aer Lingus plane filled with smoke.

It is understood the Aer Lingus Regional flight EI 3701 was en route to Cork from Birmingham when the captain called for assistance.

It is reported that the cockpit filled with smoke, but Cork Airport says it is not yet in a position to confirm this.

The 72-seat ATR 72 aircraft after its landing at Cork Airport. Picture: Larry Cummins
The 72-seat ATR 72 aircraft after its landing at Cork Airport. Picture: Larry Cummins

Management at the airport have said that the captain of the plane had reported an issue on board the flight on approach to the airport.

Reports of smoke being seen from the cockpit could not be confirmed by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which is responsible for Cork Airport.

A DAA spokesman said the plane landed safely as scheduled at about 10.05am with emergency services on stand-by.

"All passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft," he said. "There are reports that there was smoke from the cockpit but I can't confirm that."

The Air Accident Investigation Unit of Dublin's Department of Transport has been called in to investigate the incident.

Management at the facility activated its full emergency plan and all 59 passengers and four crew landed safely at 10.05am.

The plane after its emergency landing at Cork Airport this morning. Pic: Eoin English
The plane after its emergency landing at Cork Airport this morning. Pic: Eoin English

Cork Airport's Communications Manager Kevin Cullinane outlined the procedure.

He said: "The full emergency plan for Cork Airport was activated, so all the various emergency services within the region were deployed.

"The aircraft safely landed at Cork Airport at 10.05am and all 59 passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft thanks to the speedy and efficient response of our own airport fire and police services and indeed those of the Cork City Fire Brigade."

One unit from Carrigaline fire brigade and five from Cork City were also scrambled.

Eoin English of the Irish Examiner has reported that emergency services at the airport have been stood down.


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