Champagne cork causes Easyjet flight's emergency landing

Popped Champagne cork sees oxygen masks drop from ceiling

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Champagne cork causes Easyjet flight's emergency landing


An Easyjet flight from London to Turkey was forced to make an emergency landing in Milan - after a popped Champagne cork caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling.

A flight attendant reportedly popped a bottle of bubbly for two passengers on the flight from Gatwick to Dalaman on 7 August, but it hit the roof, causing damage to the ceiling and forcing the oxygen masks above the cabin crew seats to drop down.

The flight then diverted to Milan in order to repair the damage and reset the oxygen masks.

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Speaking to The Sun, one passenger said: "It wasn't very funny at the time but I can see the lighter side now.

"All that hassle, delay and money wasted by Easyjet — all over a champagne cork! No one on the flight could believe it and people I have spoken to have found it hilarious."

Although some people probably didn't find the seven-hour delay hilarious.

Speaking to the Telegraph and the Evening Standard: "Easyjet can confirm that flight EZY8845 from London Gatwick to Dalaman on 7 August diverted to Milan Malpensa as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue with the cabin crew oxygen masks.

"In line with safety procedures the captain took the correct decision to divert so that the cabin crew oxygen masks could be reset. The flight continued to Dalaman 1 hour and 7 minutes later once this had happened.

"Passengers were provided with a complimentary inflight service whilst on the ground in Milan Malpensa.

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always Easyjet's highest priority.

"We would like to apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused."

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