AN Aer Lingus flight enroute to southern Ireland has been forced to make an emergency landing after “fumes” were reported on the plane.
The flight, EI845 from Amsterdam to Cork, diverted to Cardiff Airport on Thursday night after the pilots encountered smoke or fumes in the cockpit.
The Airbus A320 EI-DEM plane landed safely shortly after 9pm following the declaration of a general emergency on board.
A Spokesperson for Cardiff Airport said in a statement: “Tonight (Thursday Oct 12) an Aer Lingus flight between Amsterdam and Cork diverted to Cardiff Airport having declared a full emergency.
"This landed without issue at approximately 21:05.
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“The safety and security of staff and customers remains our top priority, and our team responded on landing as per emergency protocols.
“The airport is open and operating as normal with no impact on services."
Aer Lingus sent a replacement A320 service to take passengers onwards to Cork, which departed at around 1.10am on Friday morning.
The original EI-DEM jet remains at Cardiff Airport to allow for an inspection by Aer Lingus engineers.
The Irish Post has contacted Aer Lingus for comment.