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Engine Failure Prompts Ryanair 737 MAX to Make Emergency Landing in Portugal

Engine Failure Prompts Ryanair 737 MAX to Make Emergency Landing in Portugal



The week has barely started, and we are already in for a ride. This morning at around 9:20 a.m. local time in southern Portugal, a Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 8 was forced to make an emergency landing at Faro Airport in Portugal.


A Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX | Photo: Boeing


The Incident 


Ryanair flight (FR1249) carrying 164 passengers between Manchester, UK and Tenerife, Spain, suffered an engine failure, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing at Gago Coutinho Airport (FAO) in southern Portugal. 




Upon receiving the emergency alert, the airport's emergency plan was placed in action with over 70 emergency responders, including police, firefighters, and Civil Protection workers, mobilized and around 30 emergency vehicles. All roads to the airport were blocked for 15 minutes to ensure a smooth landing and facilitate emergency response.


Gago Coutinho Airport (FAO) | Photo: Flightradar24


Thankfully, the plane landed safely at around 10:00 a.m. local time. The passengers were safely deplaned and placed on another Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 (EI-HES), which departed around 10:56 a.m., experiencing a delay of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. While the cause of the engine failure is unknown, Ryanair said their engineers are investigating it.




A Ryanair spokesperson apologized for the disruption and emphasized that the technical issue was beyond their control. This incident marks the second time in a week that a Ryanair flight has had to divert to Faro due to an emergency. On December 5th, a plane traveling from London Stansted to Morocco was forced to land in Faro after the pilot fell ill.


A Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX | Photo: Boeing


The recent incidents highlight the importance of fast emergency response protocols and the preparedness of airport personnel. As with the recent incident, we can appreciate both the airport's and pilot's swift actions and clearheadedness. 




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Franco Grobler
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