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Ryanair Flight 296 is a flight between Dublin International Airport and London Stansted Airport, Essex. The flight was marred by an incident on February 27, 2002 when an engine caught fire after landing at London Stansted Airport, causing the evacuation of the aircraft. An inquiry by the UK Air Accident Investigation Board made several recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority on how to better handle similar incidents in the future. Dublin Airport (IATA Airport Code; DUB, ICAO Airport Code; EIDW) is Irelands main airport. ... Terminal building, designed by Sir Norman Foster The lawn in front of Stansted Airport attracts large numbers of people waiting for their flight during the summer Stansted Airport (IATA: STN, ICAO: EGSS) is a medium-sized passenger airport with a single runway, located in the English county of Essex about... Essex is an administrative county in the East of England. ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the name for the national body governing civil aviation in a number of countries. ...


Flight 296 left Dublin, Republic of Ireland at around 4.00 pm, reaching London Stansted Airport at 5.15 pm. Upon landing, airport crew noticed smoke pouring from engine number two of the Boeing 737-800 jet, EI-CSA, used by Ryanair for this flight. Fire services at Stansted rushed to the scene and the pilot was ordered to evacuate the aircraft. Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath),is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland, located near the midpoint of Irelands east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin region. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ...


Two members of the Ryanair aircrew initially struggled to open the emergency doors, before being successfully assisted by other crew members. The investigation by the UK Air Accident Investigation Board found that during training, it was not made clear to the aircrew that doors are more difficult to open in an emergency due to the need to activate the air chutes. However, the aircraft was fully evacuated in 90 seconds.


Six passengers initially evacuated onto the wing of the aircraft where the engine fire was raging. Firefighters ordered the passengers back onto the aircraft to use other emergency exits. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.


Media reports on the investigation also focused on other areas of Ryanair's training methods which include: aircrew training taking place in Eastern European countries; aircrew having to pay for their own training (which was stated to cost in the region of £2,000); and aircrew having to pay for their own uniforms and airport security passes. These areas were not examined by the AAIB, as some other airlines also follow these practises.


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Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-06-27, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Citing the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, an aviation accident is defined as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person...

External links

  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch Report

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