An Aer Lingus flight bound for Shannon Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday at 7:15pm.
Flight EI-110 reported hydraulic issues shortly after take-off from JFK. During the emergency landing one of the plane's brakes overheated which caused a fire to erupt in the landing gear compartment.
The plane was carrying 110 passengers when it returned to JFK. According to WABC, the pilot informed Air Traffic Control “We do have a technical issue here – we lost our hydraulic system, one hydraulic system so we are going to have to return to Kennedy at some stage, not quite yet.”
In a statement to RTÉ News the company said emergency services were on the scene as a precaution and all passengers disembarked safely.
One of the passengers on board the flight told Mail Online that the pilot was calm and excellent throughout the entire ordeal.
“It just looked like a sci-fi movie. The actual touchdown itself was pretty bumpy, but not out of control considering, he did an excellent job,” passenger Patrick Dyer Wolf told WABC.
“Right away we could see there were maybe 15 or 20 fire trucks right on the runway immediately, ready to drive up, and they started spraying us like almost immediately.”
Aer Lingus flight EI-110 has been due to land at Shannon at 6 o’clock this morning but the company are said to have provided all passengers with accommodation until the next available flight.