Flight FR9085 was due to depart from East Midlands Airport (EMA) for Alicante in Spain, but was delayed after a refueling problem left liquid spilling on the tarmac. The passengers were said to have been seated on the plane around 7:30 a.m. and then evacuated.
According to Derbyshire Liveone passenger said he could see the fuel coming out and there was a “serious smell”.
They said: “Fuel was spilling all over the tarmac, the smell of fuel was severe and they used what looked like commercial grade cat litter to soak it up.”
Passengers began boarding around 11:30 a.m. and no injuries were reported.
Ryanair has been approached for comment.
An EMA spokesperson said: “A technical problem during refueling delayed the departure of a Ryanair flight to Alicante this morning. The flight is due to depart in the early afternoon. had no impact on other operations.”
people have commented Derbyshire Live Facebook page after seeing the ad, expressing a lack of surprise given the recent airport chaos that most travelers across the country have faced.
One user wrote: “It could have filled up a few engines. Guess someone forgot to close the cap.”
Others expressed concern for those affected by the situation: “Omg I hope everyone is doing well.
“Oh my god can you imagine. What a nightmare.”
Another posted: “My daughter and her friend just got on the plane. They were five hours late, I don’t mind as long as they are safe”
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