“We should already be in Dublin”, plague Catherine Batisse. Like the 130 passengers on the Lyon-Dublin flight, the 58-year-old Lyonnaise remained docked at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport. “We waited for more than an hour and a half, without any news, with my husband and my son”, confides to Progress the one who should have joined her daughter in Ireland.
Because the flight of the Irish company Aer Lingus did not take off at 3:40 p.m. as planned. “We were about to leave the track, when a big brake kick was triggered,” says the passenger. The cause ? “We were warned that a bird had hit an engine”. There followed two hours of waiting and checking the “very hot” brakes. Before the authorities finally decide to bring everyone down. The flight will not resume.
Silent for nearly four hours, the company finally booked flights for every passenger the next day. And hotel accommodation solutions have been offered. In an email, Aer Lingus wishes to “sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused”.
Far from being unprecedented, this incident highlights “the bird risk”. And pushes the airport platforms to put in place preventive measures. At Saint-Exupéry, a dedicated team carries out “permanent” patrols and “scaring measures (acoustic, laser, etc.) are taken as soon as necessary”, specify the airport services.
Despite everything, “it happens that there are collisions”.