A Ryanair flight taking off from Belfast International Airport to Edinburgh was forced to make a U-turn and conduct an emergency landing after “a door was left open”.
The RK178 flight which departed on October 17 was described to have a “minor technical issue” with passengers claiming the door remained open when the flight took off.
The incident reportedly left flight attendants in tears and passengers “terrified”, according to Belfast Live.
One passenger told the outlet passengers were “aware something was wrong” from the get-go.
Explaining the situation to the newspaper outlet, the passenger described how the pilot of the plane kept checking one of the doors and that the flight attendants were “shook up” and “in tears” because of the unusual situation.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This flight from Belfast to Edinburgh (October 17) returned to Belfast International Airport shortly after departure due to a minor technical issue with the aircraft.
“The aircraft landed normally and to minimise disruption to passengers, an alternative aircraft was quickly arranged, which departed for Edinburgh Airport at 00:40 local. Ryanair sincerely apologises to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast International Airport managing director, Graham Keddie said there had been an emergency landing due to a “warning about pressurisation”.
He explained: “From what we’re aware, an emergency light came on in the cockpit and the aircraft returned last night not long after it took off. It was an emergency light warning about pressurisation and so the skipper immediately came down to lower level and returned on a full emergency.”
According to the Mirror, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received an emergency call in relation to the incident, they initially dispatched a number of resources to respond, but they eventually stood down as they were not required.