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Emirates plane diverted due to ‘burning smell’

An Emirates airliner flying from Dubai to Newcastle in the UK was forced to land in Turkey after passengers reported a burning smell coming from one of the lavatories.
Emirates has confirmed that a technical fault forced the diversion of the aircraft.
Emirates has confirmed that a technical fault forced the diversion of the aircraft.

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An Emirates airliner flying from Dubai to Newcastle in the UK was forced to land in Turkey after passengers reported a burning smell coming from one of the lavatories.

Emirates has not commented on those reports, but did confirm that the pilot decided to divert the plane to Turkey due to operational reasons.

The airline says a “technical fault” with the plane is being investigated.

An Emirates spokesman said: “Emirates flight EK35 departed from Dubai to Newcastle at 07:25 and was diverted to Trabzon, Turkey due to a technical fault.

“The flight landed uneventfully in Trabzon and passengers and crew were safely disembarked.

“A recovery flight has in the meantime been launched from Dubai to Trabzon, which will fly all passengers onwards to Newcastle as EK35, with a departure in Trabzon at 18:00 local time.

“Emirates apologises for the inconvenience caused.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

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