Aer Lingus flight forced to re-route to Dublin after technical issue and lightning strike 4 weeks ago

Aer Lingus flight forced to re-route to Dublin after technical issue and lightning strike

The flight was cancelled after two setbacks following two different take-offs.

An Aer Lingus flight, heading from Cork to Edinburgh, was forced to turn back to Cork not once but TWICE on Monday, initially after a technical issue and then due to being struck by lightning directly after its second take off.

Flight EI3806 departed Cork at 6.40am this morning (Monday 14 October), but was forced to re-route to Dublin after the aforementioned technical issue, which was quickly corrected.

The second attempt at the trip, which left Dublin at 8.50am and was set to arrive in Edinburgh around 10am, was also turned back to Dublin, when the plane was struck by lightning.

Speaking to JOE, a spokesperson for Stobart Air - operators of this Aer Lingus regional route - said: "We can confirm that flight EI3806 from Cork to Edinburgh diverted to Dublin due to a technical issue this morning which was corrected.

"Shortly following departure from Dublin, the aircraft was struck by lightning and re-routed and landed at Dublin Airport.

"The flight has been cancelled and passengers were offered the next available flight from Dublin to Edinburgh. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our passengers."