A US-bound passenger jet has made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport after the crew reported engine problems over the Atlantic south west of Ireland.
Brussels Airlines flight SN-501 was travelling from Brussels, Belgium to New York in the US at the time. There were 154 passengers and a crew of 10 on board.
The flight was about 130 kilometres off the south coast of Ireland at around 12.10pm when the crew declared an emergency and informed air traffic controllers of their situation. The crew reported a problem with one of the jet’s two engines.
The pilot issued a Pan-pan radio message indicating they had an issue on board. A Pan-pan call is less serious than a May-day and indicates there is an urgent situation on board but that there’s no immediate threat to life or the aircraft.
It’s not clear whether the jet’s engine failed or the crew had to shut it down as a result of an issue.
The crew of the Airbus A330-300 jet had originally opted to divert to Shannon Airport where emergency procedures were promptly implemented. Airport fire crews were deployed to designated holding points adjacent to the runway in advance of the jet’s expected arrival.
The flight had been cleared to divert to Shannon Airport however, at around 12.30pm, the crew advised air traffic controllers at Shannon that they wished to continue and divert to Dublin instead. It’s understood the flight decided to divert to Dublin to allow them time to burn off additional fuel to ensure th