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Plane full of British tourists makes emergency landing as captain 'smelt burning in cockpit'

Mirror Mirror 25/05/2016 By Andy Lines
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A plane full of British holidaymakers had to make a terrifying emergency landing after the captain reportedly smelt burning in the cockpit.

Flight EZY8704 took off from the holiday island of Tenerife at 12.41pm Tuesday afternoon.

But just one hour into its three hour and 10 minute flight, the plane was diverted to a remote island.

Plane was an A320 jet - the same model as the EgyptAir craft which crashed last week.

There were several British children onboard as the plane began its steep seven-minute descent and one woman began panicking and hyperventilating.

The captain told passengers after landing safely they had smelt burning and requested an immediate emergency landing.

A total of 167 passengers and six crew were onboard and they were all left stranded on the island of Porto Santo.

© Provided by Mirror Mike Rowse and his wife Claire were flying with their four-year-old daughter Lydia.

He said: “The plane started to descend quickly and then the captain came on and said there was a technical issue with the plane and we would be diverting and we would landing in 7 or 8 minutes.

“We were about an hour in the flight. At the time we didn’t know what was going on.

“We were a bit apprehensive - one lady a couple of rows in front was hyperventilating – panicking.

“My daughter actually said ‘oh daddy are we going to crash?’ – but she was fine.

“The crew were fantastic.”

When the plane landed passengers disembarked using the steps and no chutes were used.

Mr Roswe, a company director, from Sandhurst, Berkshire said: “We were told it was bearings on a fan which was under the floor which was creating the burning smell.

“But obviously at the time we didn’t know that.”

An easyJet spokesman told the Mirror: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY8704 from Tenerife South to London Gatwick on 24 May 2016, diverted to Porto Santo due to a technical issue.

“The aircraft landed safely and once at its stand all passengers disembarked normally.”

“The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.

“As Porto Santo Airport doesn’t have restaurant facilities open today, easyJet arranged coaches to take passengers to a nearby hotel and provide them with refreshments.

© Provided by Mirror “Passengers will continue their journey to London Gatwick on a replacement aircraft later this evening.

“easyJet would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused by this delay.”

Last week the EgyptAir plane crashed in mysterious circumstances.

66 people died when the flight from Paris to Cairo plunged into the Mediterranean.

Smoke had also reportedly been detected by sensors on board the flight.

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