The FlyBe plane from Manchester to Luxembourg was diverted to Birmingham Airport
By Damon Wilkinson & Katy Hallam
A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin filled with smoke.
Terrified passengers on the Flybe flight from Manchester to Luxembourg say they saw a bright flash from one of its engines shortly before the plane, a propeller-driven Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, was diverted to Birmingham.
It landed ‘awkwardly’ on one engine on Thursday afternoon, CoventryLive reports.
Mo Millward, who was onboard the flight which was carrying 40 passengers, tweeted from the plane saying how those on board had been ‘panicking’ as they ‘didn’t know what was wrong’.
She said they ‘shut an engine down’.
The fire brigade then checked the plane for any damage, later tweeted that the brigade had ‘found something leaking’.
Other passengers praised the pilot and crew on board for their response.
Flight tracking website flightradar24.com showed the flight circled over Stafford at about 2.30pm and then circled over Lichfield and Wolverhampton about 15 minutes later before landing at Birmingham at about 3pm.
A spokesman for Flybe said the safety of its passengers was first priority.
A statement issued by the company said: “Flybe can confirm that flight BE1265 from Manchester – Luxembourg diverted to Birmingham following a technical fault with one of the aircraft’s engines.
“The fault caused an oil leak which led to a small amount of smoke to be visible in the cabin.
“The pilot and crew took the recommended action and landed the aeroplane safely at Birmingham airport.
“There was no adverse reaction in the cabin and the crew’s actions have been praised by passengers who were on board.
“All 40 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand and have been re-accommodated on alternative aircraft to complete their travel to Luxembourg.
“Flybe wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and crew for maintaining calm throughout and apologises for any inconvenience caused.
“The safety of passengers and crew is Flybe’s number one priority.”