Updated: 13/10/16 : 08:11:48
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Fire grounded Aer Lingus flight in Florida

New pictures show the scene of a fire as a crew in Florida prepared an Aer Lingus plane for a flight to Dublin last Friday. Flames are clearly seen at the door of the hold.

Passengers had been about to board flight EI120 when the fire broke out. One hundred and ninety-three passengers had been due to travel.

Two airport staff were taken to hospital after the suspected oil-pipe malfunction.

A spokesman for Orlando International Airport confirmed that two baggage handlers from the airport staff were injured while loading Aer Lingus flight EI120, which was scheduled to fly to Dublin.

The transatlantic jet - an Aer Lingus A330 - remains grounded at Orlando Airport in Florida.

It has also emerged that Aer Lingus has cancelled six transatlantic flights from Shannon this week because of a shortage of aircraft.

Yesterday's Shannon to Boston service, and its return leg tonight, was cancelled while there will be no Shannon/New York service today, Thursday.

Almost 1,000 passengers have been forced to make alternative arrangements as a result of their planes being taken from Shannon and used on routes from Dublin.

The airline also cancelled Mondays EI-111 and EI-110 services so the plane could be used on the Dublin-Washington route.

A total of 258 passengers were affected by the last-minute cancellation which was blamed on “aircraft unavailability”.