Plane that left Porto and declared an emergency landed in Basel


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An easyJet plane leaving Porto for Basel declared an emergency and diverted to Nantes, France, this Friday morning. It has since continued its journey and landed at its original destination.

An easyJet plane leaving Porto this Friday morning declared an emergency and diverted to Nantes, France, to provide assistance to a passenger “who felt unwell”, easyJet said. The aircraft resumed its journey in the meantime and arrived safely at its original destination, EuroAirport, which serves Mulhouse (France), Basel (Switzerland) and Freiburg (Germany).

“Nantes airport was the closest and was part of the route,” said the airline, explaining the decision to divert to the French airport when one of the passengers on board felt ill on Friday morning.

Flight EJU7731 departed from Sá Carneiro airport in Porto at 7.11 am. The Airbus A320-200, with capacity for 168 people, was due to land in Basel at 10.25 a.m. (9.25 a.m. mainland Portugal time), but declared an emergency and diverted to Nantes airport in France.

According to aviation websites, the plane issued a generic emergency warning, code 7700, calling for an immediate landing and a clear runway.

According to the Aviation Source website, the plane declared an emergency at 7.58 a.m., mainland Portugal time, as it approached the southwest coast of France. It landed in Nantes 22 minutes later, at 8.20am, without any problems.

About an hour later, it took off from Nantes for its original destination, where it landed at 11.22 am local time (10.22 am in mainland Portugal).

The same plane has already resumed operations and is operating the Basel-Porto flight, about an hour behind schedule. It should land at Invicta at 13.31 hours, according to the easyJet website.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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