easyJet emergency landing on Porto Santo
Various newspapers report this morning that a plane full of British holidaymakers had to make a “terrifying emergency landing” after the captain reportedly smelt burning in the cockpit. Flight EZY8704 took off from Tenerife at 12.41pm yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon destined for London Gatwick, but, after just one hour, the plane was diverted to Porto Santo. There were several British children on-board as the plane began its steep seven-minute descent and one woman began panicking and hyperventilating.
The captain told passengers after landing safely they had smelt burning and requested an immediate emergency landing. A total of 167 passengers and six crew were on the Airbus A320 (the same model as the Egyptair flight that sadly crashed recently). The Mirror reports that the passengers were “left stranded” on Porto Santo, whilst other sources report that they continued their journey on another flight. Update: (thanks to Inelso on Twitter!) – the passengers left yesterday and the plane itself returned around 9.00am this morning after an inspection.
Farmers’ Market – cannabis seized
Following on from the last post, the Diario reports that the police seem to have had some success with their operation at the Farmers’ Market. The PSP are reported to have seized 1.7 kilograms of marijuana, and the GNR found instances of counterfeiting and illegal use of trademark, seizing 937 pieces of clothing of various brands with a total value of 18,740 euros. All this, and they announced the operation in advance – some of the market traders must not read the local press!
Sterling has recovered against the Euro during May, reaching a three month high. No doubt we will see more fluctuations as the “Brexit” referendum nears:
Microsoft Windows 10 automatic update
Nothing at all to do with Madeira, but a quick “heads-up” for those not wanting to upgrade to Windows 10. After months of getting used to closing the “Get Windows 10” annoying pop-up window, Microsoft have changed how this works. In the last week, PC World report, closing the pop-up now treats exiting the window as consent for the Windows 10 upgrade. So after more than half a year of teaching people that the only way to say “no thanks” to Windows 10 is to exit the pop-up — so they had to press that “X” over and over again during those six months to the point that most do it without thinking — Microsoft just changed it so that very behaviour accepts the Windows 10 upgrade instead, rather than cancelling it. Big brother! Same story on the BBC website here.