British Airways plane makes emergency landing in Lisbon

The second incidence of a ‘smoking plane’ in less than a week saw British Airways flight BAW273A make an emergency landing in Lisbon on Saturday night, forcing 157 passengers to overnight at a hotel.

The plane was en-route from London to Lanzarote when the inboard alarm system flagged the existence of smoke.

Online site “Flight radar” shows the plane – by this time over the Alentejo – doubling back to circle repeatedly over the Caparica coast outside Lisbon, before heading in«to the Humberto Delgado airport to land safely.

Tabloid Correio da Manhã explains that the circling was made to “lose fuel”.

The plane landed at 6.30pm, with passengers staying overnight at the Marriott Hotel before resuming their journey at 9am on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, an Air Force plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the Algarve after its cockpit began ‘smoking’ during routine manoeuvres (click here).

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