Ryanair plane forced into emergency landing

Wednesday 27 February 2002 20.32

The passengers and crew of a Ryanair 737 were evacuated when one of the plane's engines caught fire upon landing at London's Stansted airport this evening. The flight from Dublin had just landed at 5.20pm when the fire broke out. Two people received minor injuries.

Stansted airport say that the aircraft had made a perfectly normal landing when smoke was spotted pouring from the number two engine as the plane was taxiing towards the terminal building.

The airport's fire brigade was called out. As soon as the plane came to a standstill, the 117 passengers were evacuated along with seven crew members. Foam and powder were used to extinguish the blaze.

The Essex ambulance service has confirmed that two people received minor injuries which are thought to be from smoke inhalation. The airport is back to normal operation and a full investigation will be carried out.