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Cockpit smoke forces flight into emergency landing

The United Airlines flight was heading to Los Angeles. Picture: United.com

The United Airlines flight was heading to Los Angeles. Picture: United.com

A TRANS-ATLANTIC flight from London to Los Angeles has been forced into an emergency landing in Ireland, after the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

Flight UA935, a Boeing 777 was flying from Heathrow to Los Angeles International, with 182 passengers on board and 10 crew.

It was reported that the flight had turned round and had started to descend rapidly towards Shannon Airport, in the west of Ireland.

Text messages sent from passengers confirmed that the pilots had reported smoke in the cockpit and had dumped fuel in the Atlantic Ocean before turning back towards Ireland.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Shannon is the westernmost major European airport, and has around two emergency diversions of trans-Atlantic flights every month.

 

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