Passengers and crew were given a scare last week as an Easyjet plane taking off from Belfast Airport was forced to abort, due to concerns regarding the weight in the hold.
The 7.30am flight from Belfast International to Luton was all set for take off when the captain spotted two separate problems. The first was that the weight in the hold needed to be rebalanced, a situation rare in itself. But when it then turned out that there was a problem with the forward door of the jet, the captain aborted the flight in order to resolve the issues, delaying the flight for two and a half hours. The captain stated that he had never witnessed a situation like this in 20 years of flying.
In a statement released by Easyjet, the company confirmed that there had been a possible technical problem as well as weight distribution issues, with the forward door not opening “as easily as it should”. However, it was also keen to point out that “Easyjet fly one of the world’s most modern fleets.”
However, travellers in the UK will be concerned to learn that the incident comes on the back of a similar problem with a Flybe plane just a few days earlier. The plane, flight BE930 from Newcastle to Belfast Airport, was due to take off at 8.35am. However, after speeding down the runway, customers were surprised to notice that the plane was slowing down.
Once it had stopped, the pilot came in to explain that there had been a problem, and passengers then had to suffer a 10 hour delay while parts were transported to the plane.
Both of these incidents passed off without any injuries, but concern has been voiced regarding the late stage at which the problems came to light. Belfast will be hoping that no more flights to or from the airport will be affected by problems in the future.