29/04/2010

Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Kerry

An Air Corps aircraft has made an emergency landing in Co Kerry today after smoke was detected in its cabin.

The CASA aircraft, which had been on maritime patrol off the south-west coast, was diverted to Kerry Airport at about 10.55am.

A specialist team was deployed from Baldonnel in Dublin to carry out a technical examination of the aircraft, which landed without incident.

A Defence Forces spokesman said all six crew were safe and well.

In other aviation news, budget airline Ryanair has welcomed yesterday's confirmation by EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas that national governments would have to compensate airlines for their losses following the closure of European airspace over the past week.

Ryanair confirmed that it had written to the Irish Department of Transport expressing its opposition to any State aid for airlines, but proposing four relief measures to the Department of Transport and the Irish Government.

These include a deferral of price increases Ryanair claims are being proposed by the Dublin Air Authority for a minimum period of 12 months; the scrapping of the Irish Govt’s €10 flight tax; The rejection of follow on claims for price increases by the Dublin and Irish air authorities; and reform of the EU261 legislation to limit passenger rights to the amount of the air fare paid the liability of airlines in cases where the problem is not within the control of the airlines.

(DW/BMcC)

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