An Airbus A320 had to make an emergency return to Milan Malpensa airport yesterday evening (12 Aug) after an engine cowl came off shortly after take off.
The loose cowl is reported to have damaged the body and tail of the four-year-old aircraft, registration number G-EZTC.
easyJet flight EZY2715
easyJet flight EZY2715 (callsign EZY511D) had departed Milan Malpensa (MXP) at 18:16 local time bound for Lisbon, Portugal.
Passengers were able to leave the aircraft normally on the landing before being transferred to another Airbus A320. EZY2715 eventually landed at Lisboa Airport, Lisbon (LIS) at 01:50 local time almost 6 hours after the scheduled arrival time of 19:55.
G-EZTC was on its fifth sector flight of the day when the incident occurred http://planefinder.net/data/airplanes/G-EZTC
An Investigation into EZY2715
An investigation is underway into the incident which bares similarities to the recent emergency landing of a British Airways aircraft. Back in May an Airbus A319 departing London, Heathrow caught fire after cowls on both engines became detached shortly after takeoff.
Investigations showed that the cowls on both engines were left unlatched following routine maintenance.
The aircraft involved in the incident at Milan is shown below: