diversions and emergency landings appear to be daily events these days, many of
them caused by pax who imbibe too much alcohol.
EasyJet flight was recently diverted due to alcohol, but not a drop had yet
been consumed: when a flight attendant opened a bottle of champagne the cork
left the bottle at such a velocity that it smashed ceiling tiles and caused
oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling.
U2 plane was halfway through a four-hour flight from LGW to DLM.
Aviation Herald, which usually reports aviation events in a deadpan style,
headlined the incident: “Easyjet A320 near Milan on Aug 7th 2015, loss of
effects of the ballistic cork forced the pilot to put down at MXP for repairs.
The publication reported that the aircraft remained on the ground in Milan for
about 90 minutes, then departed again and reached Dalaman with a delay of 3.5
statement from U2 confirmed the incident while not referring to the cause:
“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.”
Daily Telegraph quoted a passenger saying they could see the lighter side now
but it wasn’t funny at the time.
that hassle, delay and money wasted by EasyJet – all over a champagne cork!”