Second Aer Lingus flight diverts to Dublin with 'technical problem'

By Patrick Flynn

An Aer Lingus flight from Donegal to Glasgow has diverted to Dublin Airport with a technical issue.

It is the second time today that an Aer Lingus service has diverted to the country’s biggest airport with a problem.

Aer Lingus Regional flight EI-3443, operated by Stobart Air, departed Donegal at around 2.45pm.

Soon afterwards, the crew informed air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to Dublin with a "technical problem"

The ATR 42-300 turboprop plane was rerouted to Dublin where it landed safely at 3.35pm.

Stobart Air has confirmed the flight diverted with a technical fault but expects the 37 passengers to continue their journey later this afternoon.

Update: Flight EI-3443 continued to Glasgow at 4.40pm.

Earlier, Aer Lingus flight EI-672 from Dublin to Budapest, turned around over The Netherlands after the crew reported a technical issue.

The crew opted to return to Dublin rather than continue their journey or divert to another airport.

The flight left Dublin shortly after 6.20am but landed back at Dublin a little more than two hours later.

An airline spokeswoman said: “Flight EI-672 en route from Dublin to Budapest returned to Dublin at 08:30 due to a technical problem.

“The 59 passengers were re-accommodated on a replacement aircraft departed at 09:20.”

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