It was a double nightmare for any white knuckle flyers on board an Aer Lingus flight from JFK yesterday Sept. 28 that after encountering a technical problem in flight ended with a fire breaking out during an emergency landing at the New York airport. According to eturbonews the pilot of Aer Lingus flight EI110 on route to Shannon, Ireland performed a quick turnaround of the jet just minutes taking off to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City last night. The pilot told airport control that the plane was experiencing a technical issue and he requested an emergency landing.
The eturbonews report said that the pilot knew it was going to be a “hot landing,” as the hydraulics system was leaking. This type of failure causes pilots to lose some of the control over the aircraft’s wing flaps and landing gear doors—which happened in this incident. The pilot reported that hydraulic fluid may be dumped on the runway as they land – a potential fire hazard.
The second scare occurred when the Boeing 757 touched down in a landing that had to take place faster than usual. The landing gear began to smoke and the starboard right main caught on fire. The tarmac was prepared for the emergency landing with fire trucks and crew at the ready to douse the fire, which they did. There were no injuries reported—save for very frayed nerves– for any of the 115 passenger who were onboard the flight and were evacuated safely.
Irish Times quoted a passenger, Patrick Dyer Wolf as saying, 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.” “And while they were still spraying the plane, the pilot came out into the cabin and made another announcement and explained what happened. He said that one of the hydraulic tanks had been leaking hydraulic fluid, and it started as a slow leak and then eventually drained to empty.” Anyone who has been through an emergency landing knows how scary it is and how it sometimes is a little difficult getting back on another flight, which of course the Shannon-bound passengers did.