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Heat from vegetables forces plane into emergency landing at Shannon

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

File photo of an Air France 747.
File photo of an Air France 747.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

AN AIR FRANCE flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon today after a monitor warned of a fire on board.

The Boeing 747-jet had 156 people on board its flight from the Dominican Republic to Paris when the fire detection system sounded an alarm.

The jet was about an hour south west of Shannon when the alarm sounded, forcing it to make a mayday call and land at the Clare airport.

Reports now suggest that the fire was caused by heat from a cargo of vegetables on board.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said that the plane made the landing around 10am and that all passengers and crew were evacuated unharmed.

A replacement plane was sent and the passengers were all able to finish their journey this evening, leaving Shannon just after 4pm.

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