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Flight From Dublin To Spain Forced To Make Emergency U-Turn Back To Capital

By Darragh Berry

May 10, 2018 at 1:21pm


This is probably the strangest u-turn that an aircraft flying from Dublin Airport has ever had to make. 

An Aer Lingus flight was forced to head back to the capital on Thursday morning over fears that a hare had been sucked into one of jet's engines during take-off. 

Flight EI-582 left Dublin at 8.15am and was heading for Malaga in Spain with almost 300 passengers on board.

The Irish Examiner is reporting that soon after they had taken-off, crew onboard informed air traffic controllers that they had hit two "rabbits or hares" on departure. 

An inspection was carried out which discovered one hare carcass which led to fears that the second had been sucked into the engine.

The flight lasted around 30 minutes before turning around. 

An Aer Lingus spokeswoman told the publication that: “Flight EI582 departed Dublin Airport this morning, en route to Malaga with 287 guests on board. The aircraft turned back less than one hour into the flight, due to a technical issue, and landed safely at Dublin at 9.52am.

"Guests disembarked normally and will be flown to Malaga this afternoon on a replacement aircraft. We apologise to our guests for this disruption to their travel plans."

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