A Jet2 flight to Spain was forced to make an emergency landing after they nearly “ran out of fuel”.
The flight LS189 from Glasgow, Scotland was set to fly to Palama, on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The flight on August 27 should have taken around two and a half hours.
But extreme weather and stormy conditions meant that the aircraft was halted before they could touch down. The pilot was ordered into a holding pattern.
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The vessel, which held 187 passengers and six crew members was forced to remain in the air over the Pyrenees at 35,000 feet. Meaning the aircraft was eating into its fuel reserves.
As the hold time increased, the pilot noticed the fuel reserves were reaching dangerous low levels. They had no choice but to call in for an emergency landing.
According to the SunOnline, the distress call said “if they remained in flight, they would land with less than 1,159 kilos of fuel”.
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The vessel was given priority to land, and touched down in Mallorca an hour later than expected, three hours and 26 minutes after takeoff.
They had less than 39kg of their final fuel reserve left. Final reserve fuel is the absolute minimum amount a plane needs to safely stay in the air.
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According to experts, it should not be used except for emergencies and a pilot is meant to call mayday as soon as they reach it. Spanish authorities are investigating the incident.
Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Acting Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda said: "There were no injuries and the aircraft was undamaged."
The Daily Star has contacted Jet2 for comment.
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