Ryanair passengers prayed as the cabin filled with smoke

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Ryanair passengers prayed as the cabin filled with smoke
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Ryanair passengers prayed as the cabin filled with smoke before the plane made an emergency landing in France.

On Monday, Ryanair’s flight FR4052 took off from Manchester airport and headed towards Portugal. The cabin began to fill with smoke and the plane dropped thousands of feet in the space of a few minutes.

One of the passengers on board revealed how she prayed as the plane made an emergency landing.

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The passenger commented: “The crew were first class. The pilots remained totally calm issuing very clear instructions on procedures and the brace position.

“All of the passengers stayed calm although I did recite the Lord’s Prayer as we started to plummet to land.

“Nobody moved. We all sat practising the brace position. It sounds odd, but you could have heard a pin drop.


“It was a very frightening experience but passengers afterwards remained calm and joked with each other.

“There was the British spirit once we had made the fast decent. People joked ‘get that bar open’ and that it had been ‘better than the black hole ride at Alton Towers”.

She went on to add: “Thankfully there was no young children who would have been terrified as I was. The Ryanair crew were a credit to the Aviation industry.”


The emergency landing was caused by a technical fault and a Ryanair spokesperson explained: “This flight from Manchester to Faro, Jan 3, diverted to Brest Airport as a precaution due to a minor technical issue which caused an unidentified smoke smell in the cabin.

“Passengers disembarked the aircraft as normal and were taken to a secure area in Brest airport where they were provided with refreshments.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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