Tiny Bubbles Bring Down Big Plane

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Flight diversions and emergency landings appear to be daily events these days, many of them caused by pax who imbibe too much alcohol.


An 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.


The U2 plane was halfway through a four-hour flight from LGW to DLM.


The Aviation Herald, which usually reports aviation events in a deadpan style, headlined the incident: “Easyjet A320 near Milan on Aug 7th 2015, loss of Champagne pressure.”


The 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 hours.


A 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.”


England’s Daily Telegraph quoted a passenger saying they could see the lighter side now but it wasn’t funny at the time.


“All that hassle, delay and money wasted by EasyJet – all over a champagne cork!”

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