Smoking plane makes emergency landing at Faro airport

An airforce plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Faro airport yesterday afternoon after smoke was detected in the area of the cockpit.

The C-295, used for tactical military transport, made a textbook emergency touch-down with no register of anyone suffering from any injuries.

A source for ANA airports authority said the plane called ahead to request permission to land due to technical problems on board, writes Correio da Manhã.

The plane, based at Portugal’s military airbase in Montijo, was in the process of a “mission of cigilance” along the south coast when the pilot noticed a “slight smell of burnt plastic” and decided to cut the flight short as a “question of precaution”, Lt Col Manuel Costa has since told reporters.

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