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Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:10 pm
by emalad
I live on the flight path into EMA and noticed it went very quiet tonight. On Flightradar24 there were about 6 flights circling north of Derby with TNT, Starair and DHL sending flights off somewhere else. Monarch and Thompson also diverted flights.

Just had a Ryanair, DHL and Eastern fly over.

Wondered if anyone had any information. Cheers.

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:13 pm
by boefan
yes a Jet2 plane caught fire on the runway

http://twitter.com/airlivenet/status/507274486698500096

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:16 pm
by emalad
I hope everyone was ok!

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:19 pm
by boefan
Quoting emalad (Reply 2):
I hope everyone was ok!

still to be confirmed officially

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:35 am
by Eurohub
BBC Radio Nottingham were reporting it in their news bulletins on my commute to work this morning - they read a prepared statement from Jet 2 that mentioned the flight affected as being LS644 from Ibiza and had landed safely at EMA when a minor electrical fault filled the cabin with smoke and the plane was evacuated on stand. The presenter expressed his amazement that some pax had had to "walk along the wings" to escape - clearly not familiar with planes that have overwing emergency exits then?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29058223

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:43 am
by emalad
Seems a bit odd that they had to evacuate on the stand. One report I read said they aborted a landing and circled for a while before coming into land again, quite heavily. Said there were fire engines waiting for them on the runway.

If they evacuated on the stand, that doesn't explain why the runway was closed and planes diverted.

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:09 am
by moo
Quoting emalad (Reply 5):
Seems a bit odd that they had to evacuate on the stand.

From the BBC news article, it seems as if the initial evacuation was not crew-ordered but rather conducted by panicking passengers - that probably forced the issue.

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:12 am
by Andy33
"If they evacuated on the stand, that doesn't explain why the runway was closed and planes diverted. "

Quite common at smaller airports. If the airport fire crews are attending to an actual or suspected fire, there may not be sufficient fire cover remaining to meet the minimums to allow landings and take-offs to continue.

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:29 pm
by cpqi
From the BBC post :

The comment I love most is ""The stewardess kicked the door down up the front. I remember her taking a great big lunge for it to smash it down."

and this lovely overstatement ""We landed on the second attempt. When we landed it turned into sheer carnage."

Great Scott !!! Sheer Carnage

RE: Was EMA Closed For A While Tonight?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:39 pm
by emalad
Haha, sheer carnage  

Glad no one was hurt though. Think a replacement was flown in this morning