Plane forced to make emergency landing as flames erupt from wing mid-flight
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Footage has emerged online showing a plane's wing ablaze mid-air shortly after the aircraft took off from Edinburgh.
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However, minutes after take-off, having levelled off at 10,000 ft, passengers heard a loud bang and noticed one of the aircraft's wings were on fire.
The plane resultantly diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport to perform an emergency landing and a passenger onboard has since spoken out about the experience.
Julie Nisbet - a passenger on the airplane - told the Daily Record that those onboard 'could see something streaming out (of the plane)' shortly after take-off.
She continued: "I did think it was unusual. I said to my friend, 'That's odd’. But then thought nothing of it.
“In the air, the noise was horrendous. Unbearable despite noise cancelling headphones and music on. Then all the televisions cut out.
"We then saw the captain walk up and down the flight and thought this could be serious. An announcement was made that we were heading to Prestwick but it was barely audible as it was so noisy."
Upon the plane making its emergency descent, Nisbet recalled how the noise suddenly 'cut to nothing like the engines had gone'.
"At this point there was an eerie silence then gasps. Then people were crying," Nisbet continues. "I held hands with my friend as I genuinely thought we might not land."
When the plane did eventually touch down, Nisbet notes how there was an 'eruption' of 'claps and whistles'.
"I’ve never been so happy to touch the ground," the passenger said.
Airport fire crews were waiting on the ground for the incoming aircraft and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were requested at 11.23am on Friday, 10 February to assist our fire service partners at Prestwick Airport.
"Operations Control mobilised four appliances to the site, where firefighters remain working to support their partners."
A spokesperson for Glasgow Prestwick Airport said: "We can confirm that a Delta Aircraft made an emergency landing at Glasgow Prestwick Airport today, 10 February 2023. The Aircraft landed safely at approximately 11.31am, and passengers disembarked the aircraft."
A Delta Air Lines spokesperson said: "Delta flight 209 from Edinburgh to New York-JFK safely diverted to Prestwick, Glasgow after a mechanical issue with the aircraft. We apologise to our customers for this inconvenience and are working to get them to their final destination as quickly as possible.
"The plane landed safely in Prestwick and our maintenance teams are evaluating the aircraft. We’ll be in touch with any updates."