Pilots praised after Aer Lingus plane forced to return to JFK after technical fault
An Aer Lingus flight bound for Shannon returned to New York's JFK airport last night and made an emergency landing after a technical fault was discovered.
Flight EI 110 - a Boeing 757 - took off at 6.35pm local time but was forced to return to the airport around an hour later. All 110 passengers disembarked safely.
It is understood the pilots received a "failure notification" shortly after taking off regarding the hydraulic equipment and potential problems with the landing gear.
Local ABC News affiliate WABC-TV carried audio between the pilot and air traffic control at JFK.
"We do have a technical issue here - we lost our hydraulic system, one hydraulic system, so we are going to have to return to Kennedy at some stage, not quite yet," the pilot said.
"I would like you to inform Kennedy that we have lost hydraulic fluid and it may be dumped on the runway, we're not sure. Please stand-by for further."
WABC reported that a small fire broke out in the brakes on landing, but this was put out immediately by emergency crews.
The pilots and crew's actions were praised by one passenger.
"It just looked like a sci-fi movie. The actual touchdown itself was pretty bumpy, but not out of control, considering. The pilot did an excellent job," passenger Patrick Dyer Wolf told WABC.
"Right away we could see there were maybe 15 or 20 fire trucks right on the runway immediately, ready to drive up.
"They started spraying the plane with foam like almost immediately."