Emirates and Etihad flights suffer emergency technical issues on same day
The UAE’s two international carriers, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways, were both forced to declare emergencies and abort flights on Monday due to technical issues.
Emirates was first, with Flight EK 928 from Cairo to Dubai delayed by eight hours after the plane was damaged by a vehicle on the runway.
The passenger jet was hurtling down the runway when pilots were forced to abort the takeoff due to a vehicle on the runway. The emergency braking measures caused a technical fault.
“Unexpected braking at high speed caused damage to the tyres and the aircraft returned back to the terminal,” the airline said in a statement.
Later in the day, Etihad’s Flight EY22 left Manchester at 7.28pm bound for Abu Dhabi. A loud bang was heard by passengers and flight crew as the plane took off.
Some passengers on social media claimed there was also a small fire at the back of the plane, but these reports have not been confirmed by Etihad, although the airline did say that the fire service attended the scene.
The plane turned back for the airport and made an emergency landing. All passengers disembarked safely.
Etihad said in a statement: "Etihad Airways confirms that flight EY22, Manchester to Abu Dhabi returned to Manchester Airport shortly after take-off, due to a technical issue.
“The aircraft landed safely and passengers have disembarked. Etihad Airways apologises for the delay and inconvenience to passengers. Safety is the airline’s number one priority.”