Edinburgh easyJet flight diverted due to drop in pressure leaving mum-of-two anxious for toddlers

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Scare for mum travelling with toddlers after flight diverted due to low pressure

A Scottish mum has been left anxious for her two young children after the family's flight to Edinburgh was diverted at the last minute due to dropping pressure.

Along with her husband and two young children, Rachael Bews boarded a flight from London Stansted to the Scottish Capital, where she lived for five years, at around 5.30pm on Thursday, July 6. But shortly after take off, Rachael said passengers were told that cabin pressure was dropping and that the flight would have to be diverted to Manchester Airport.

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"Not long after take off, it was announced over the tannoy by the Captain that the cabin was not retaining sufficient pressure to safely make it to Edinburgh and we needed to divert to Manchester,” said Rachael, whose children are aged one and two.

Rachael Bews' flight to Edinburgh has been diverted to Manchester AirportRachael Bews' flight to Edinburgh has been diverted to Manchester Airport
Rachael Bews' flight to Edinburgh has been diverted to Manchester Airport

"I had suspected that something was wrong as the pressure felt noticeably different to usual and we were flying very low – only 9,000ft the whole way to Manchester. Then we circled over Manchester for some time and that’s when I started becoming anxious.”

Rachael, who is from the Scottish Highlands, said her anxiety was heightened by the fact that it was her both her toddlers’ first experiences of flying. “They are flying for the first time so being diverted in these circumstances is slightly more anxiety provoking and problematic,” she said.

The flight landed safely in Manchester and, as of 7pm, Rachael and her family were still aboard the plane, which was still grounded. “We still don’t yet know when we will make it to Edinburgh. We should’ve arrived over an hour ago and are currently sitting on the tarmac in Manchester,” she said.

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According to the easyJet flight tracker, the flight is due to get into Edinburgh at 8.30pm. A spokesperson for easyJet said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY312 this evening from London Stansted to Edinburgh diverted to Manchester due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely and was met by engineers who undertook an inspection of the aircraft and the flight has now continued to Edinburgh.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.”