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Holiday on hold after plane collides with aircraft tug

By Eimhear McGurk
 
A LOCAL holidaymaker’s weekend getaway to Malaga got off to a bad start this afternoon (Wednesday) when her Easyjet aeroplane reversed into the aircraft tug which was pushing the plane towards the runway. 
 
Veranne Lynch, who is originally from Omagh but currently lives in Belfast, was on board the Easyjet aircraft at Belfast International Airport and was excited for her trip to Spain.
 
However, following the collision an emergency evacuation ensued.
 
Detailing the incident, Veranne explained that as the aeroplane was leaving its apron the passengers “heard a funny noise”. 
 
“I was sitting in an aisle seat so I couldn’t see anything but a man in my aisle sitting at the window said ‘We’ve just hit the tug that’s pushing us back’. 
 
“Then there was a full emergency situation, and we were all evacuated from the plane,” said Veranne.
 
Using the right front exit of the aeroplane – which is not normally used when disembarking a craft – Veranne said only a few rows of passengers could leave their seats at one given time to ensure the plane wouldn’t overbalance when disembarking.
 
Although the incident has currently put a halt to Veranne’s weekend plans, she added, “It was a complete accident, and obviously the key thing is that the person involved is OK.” 
 
She also said Easyjet has been “very helpful” in keeping passengers up to date on the status of their situation and Veranne hopes to be rebooked onto a later flight departing for Malaga this evening.
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