Rogue champagne cork forces oxygen masks to deploy on easyJet flight

The flight from London Gatwick to Dalaman was diverted to Milan Malpensa as a precautionary measure.

The flight from London Gatwick to Dalaman was diverted to Milan Malpensa as a precautionary measure.  (iStock)

Talk about a celebration gone awry. 

An easyJet flight traveling from the U.K. to Turkey last month was forced to divert to Italy after a champagne cork was misfired into the cabin's ceiling, forcing the plane's oxygen masks to deploy.

The incident occurred Aug. 7, when easyJet Flight 8845 was en route to Dalaman, Turkey, but the story has only recently come to light in the last few days. 

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY8845 from London Gatwick to Dalaman on 7 August diverted to Milan Malpensa as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue with the cabin crew oxygen masks," the airline said in a statement via the Telegraph.

"In line with safety procedures, the captain took the correct decision to divert so that the cabin crew oxygen masks could be reset."

Flight 8845 continued on to its final destination after an 67-minute stop in Milan to reset the emergency masks. In its statement, easyJet said passengers "were provided with a complimentary in-flight service whilst on the ground in Milan Malpensa."

Officials from easyJet apologized to travelers for the unexpected delay and stressed that "the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority."

Nonetheless it seems some passengers aboard Flight 8845 couldn't help but find a bit of humor in the unlikely incident. "It wasn't very funny at the time but I can see the lighter side now," a Flight 8845 passenger told the Telegraph. "All that hassle, delay and money wasted by easyJet — all over a champagne cork. No one on the flight could believe it and people I have spoken to have found it hilarious."

Let's at least hope the champagne was enjoyed.

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