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Heathrow Plane Bound For Washington Makes Emergency Landing In Dublin

14/08/2013 16:41 BST

A Washington-bound transatlantic flight from Heathrow Airport has been forced to make an emergency landing in Dublin, after the crew smelled smoke.

More than 150 passengers were on board the flight, which was diverted when after the crew report the suspicious smell.

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Activity surrounding a United Airlines flight from Britain which has made an emergency landing in Dublin Aiport

United Airlines said Flight UA131 from London Heathrow to Washington/Dulles - a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 153 customers and a crew of nine on board - was diverted to Dublin Airport due to a mechanical issue.

Dublin Airport tweeted:

The plane was met by emergency services on an isolated part of the runway away from the terminal building.

Witnesses said several appliances from Dublin Airport Fire and Rescue Service, dozens of firefighters and Dublin Airport Police surrounded the aircraft as passengers and crew disembarked.

All the emergency doors on the plane were also opened while investigations were carried out.

"The aircraft landed safely at 2.29pm local time," a spokesman said.

"Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft."