Edinburgh Ryanair flight forced to divert and return to capital after takeoff

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An Edinburgh Ryanair flight to Lanzarote was forced to carry out a U-turn and return to the capital shortly after takeoff.

Flight RK5593 left the airport shortly after 4pm on Friday, July 5, but did not make it out of Scotland and was seen circling the Borders before approaching Edinburgh's runway.

Information on FlightRadar24 shows the aircraft diverted to Edinburgh, but the reason is currently unknown after it touched down just over an hour later. It was due to land in Lanzarote at 6.50pm.

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At the end of May, we reported on an Edinburgh's passenger's 'terrifying' experience when their Ryanair flight was forced to carry out a U-turn as flyers were reportedly warned an emergency landing in the sea may be necessary.

Air Traffic Control reported that they had been alerted to 'possible smoke in the cabin' from the crew as the passenger praised the staff onboard for keeping calm during the stressful experience.

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Speaking at the time, the passenger said: "Half an hour after we took off, the seatbelt sign went back on and I saw the air hostess running up the aisle with a metal box.

"The passengers began to panic, it was just awful. But the staff were brilliant. The pilot came out and warned us we might have to make an emergency landing in the sea. He told us to prepare to brace and put on warm clothes. We were shown where our life jackets were and were told that we might have to exit on the yellow shoots."

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Ryanair was approached for comment regarding Friday's incident.