Aer Lingus plane grounded just before take-off due to 'hydraulic' issue
An Aer Lingus plane was this morning grounded due to a technical fault detected just before take-off.
Passengers, some who have voiced their discontent on social media, were supposed to depart for Malaga on Aer Lingus Flight EI 584 from Dublin at 7am.
They boarded the plane and remained on the tarmac for hours before being told the plane had 'hydraulic' issues.
After approximately four hours they were told they would not be departing and that the airline was trying to source another aircraft.
A statement from Aer Lingus said the flight had been "delayed due to a technical fault with the aircraft".
"The aircraft has been undergoing inspection and maintenance by engineering staff. Passengers have been deplaned and provided with vouchers for refreshments.
"We are making all efforts to have a replacement aircraft available for the passengers to continue their journey to Malaga as soon as possible."
People aboard the plane took to social media to voice their concerns.
@AerLingus Sitting on flight EI584 since 7am, & still not left Dublin, no food or water offered, beyond a joke, you have a angry plane here!— Nicole Mullen (@coleyblue) October 6, 2015
@AerLingus What is happening with flight EI584? Any update on an actual departure? Passengers left waiting on plane on tarmac since 6am!— DubDiva (@DubDiva) October 6, 2015
So we are now being told that we have to get off the @AerLingus plane, 4.5 hours in dublin. Not good guys, never even offered a drink.— leonard Daly (@leonarddaly) October 6, 2015
The airline has said the confirmed departure for the flight.
@cvqprs HI, the estimated time of departure is 2230. We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) October 6, 2015
The latest incident comes after several others.
Yesterday, an Aer Lingus flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport following concerns over the plane's engine.
The Portugal-bound departed Dublin Airport at 6.20am but shortly into the flight a low rumbling was heard from the engine. Flight E1490, which was destined for Faro, returned to Dublin and landed safely at 7.06am, a spokesperson for Dublin Airport Authority said.
The decision was made to return following reports of a vibration in one of the plane's engines. It is believed a technical fault was discovered shortly after take-off.
On Saturday, an Aer Lingus plane destined for Germany had to turn back to Dublin Airport after fumes were reported in the cabin. Flight number EI352 left Dublin airport for Munich at 7.20am, but the pilot had to revert back to Dublin shortly after take-off.