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Hot flowers activate fire alarm, force jet into emergency landing

Heat from a consignment of flowers is believed to have activated a fire alarm on board a cargo jet carrying horses that made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport on Saturday.

Martinair flight MPH-7342 was travelling from Miami in the US to Amsterdam in Holland.

There was a crew of six on board including animal welfare specialists as the flight was carrying 52 horses. There was also a consignment of flowers as well as a vehicle on board.

The KLM Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter, operating on behalf of Martinair, was two hours west of Ireland when the crew declared an emergency about 11am Irish time.

After the plane landed fire officers used thermal imaging cameras to check the fuselage for evidence of heat or fire.

It is understood no evidence of a fire was found and the animals were unharmed.

Emergency services now believe heat from a consignment of flowers in the forward cargo hold activated the aircraft’s fire detection system.

Read more at The Irish Times (Pat Flynn)

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