A group of Kerry people are due back in Dublin tonight, after a terrifying ordeal on board the Aer Lingus flight which was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK Airport last night.
The group of seven, all from the Tralee area, were also involved in a bus crash en route to the airport in New York.
Monday’s ordeal for the group of seven friends began on their way to JFK, when the bus taking them to the airport was involved in an accident with another vehicle.
They still managed to get to the airport on time to board Aer Lingus flight EI 110, which took off on schedule at 6.30 local time.
However, just minutes into the flight, passengers were told there was a problem with leaking fuel, and they would have to return to JFK immediately.
One of the Tralee men on board who spoke to Radio Kerry News, said it was a terrifying experience, particularly when the plane landed at great speed on the runway.
Anxious passengers looked on, as fire engines, police cars and ambulances sped down the runway to meet the landing plane.
He and the other were bussed to the Carlton Hotel in New York, where they’re now recovering from what he said was a frightening ordeal.
The Tralee group are due to fly back to Dublin on an Aer Lingus flight which leaves JFK at 9.30 tonight.