Following indications of a fire on board, a Ryanair Boeing 737 passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in France.
The Ryanair Boeing 737-800 jet, registered as EI-EFY, was on its way to Portugal when the incident happened on January 3, 2022.
The flight (FR4052) took off from Manchester Airport (MAN) in England at 6.33 p.m., according to a flight record on Flightradar24.com. The plane was scheduled to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) in Portugal in a few hours.
737-800 Ryanair #FR4052 went down in emergency in brest due to a fire outside the aircraft, all passengers got out on a bus taken by the french police pic.twitter.com/0En5vgLasg
— thomas drié (@thomasdrie49) January 3, 2022
The plane, however, made a quick drop from its cruise altitude of 41,000 feet to just 7,000 feet in seven minutes to make an emergency landing at Brest Airport (BES) in France about an hour into the flight.
Several local fire departments met the plane shortly after it landed.
Passengers were permitted to continue their journey to Faro on a replacement Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DLF, when the Boeing 737 situation was declared under control. The plane had landed at London Stansted Airport (STN) in the United Kingdom.
While the exact cause of the incident is unknown, some sources indicate that a fire broke out within the jet, raising concerns that a loss of cabin pressure may have caused the plane to land.
Others have claimed that a fire broke out outside the plane. Ryanair, on the other hand, has yet to provide any formal information.