Last updated: 03:47 PM ET, Wed August 24 2016

Two Separate Emergency Landings for Flights Departing Birmingham Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 24, 2016

Two Separate Emergency Landings for Flights Departing Birmingham Airport

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On Wednesday, two separate flights from Birmingham Airport in England were forced to make emergency landings, one for smoke being reported in the cockpit and one for a serious bird strike.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Thomson Airways Flight TOM7352 had just taken off from the English airport en route to Paphos, Cyprus, at around 2 p.m. local time when the Boeing 737-800 aircraft reportedly struck several birds.

After striking the animals, the plane looped back around and called for an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport. The flight landed safely and there were no reported injuries. All passengers were deplaned and were waiting for another aircraft.

“The plane landed safely for a routine inspection and customers will be on their way to Cyprus as soon as possible.” Thomson Airways said in a statement. “The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare.”

Earlier on Wednesday morning, an Aer Lingus flight from Birmingham Airport to Cork, Ireland, was forced to declare an emergency when smoke was detected in the cockpit. The plane was around 10 minutes from landing when the alarm was noticed.

Thankfully, the plane and 63 people onboard managed to land safely with no reported injuries.

For the Aer Lingus emergency landing, the Air Accident Investigation Unit of Dublin’s Department of Transport will be conducting an investigation.


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