Aer Lingus aircraft makes emergency landing at JFK

An Aer Lingus aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at New York JFK last night after it experienced hydraulic issues after take-off from the airport.

The Boeing 757, which was bound for Shannon, Ireland, reported landing gear and flaps issues before returning to the airport about 7.30pm local time.

The aircraft was carrying 104 passengers. The lack of hydraulics forced the brakes to overheat on landing, causing a fire in the landing gear compartment.

Emergency crews managed to extinguish the fire while the passengers exited the aircraft.

Aer Lingus said in a statement that it was accommodating passengers in New York and would put them on the first available flight onwards to Ireland.

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