Ryanair and Dublin Airport “performed to a high level” during Sunday’s incident involving an aircraft, Eoghan Corry has said.
Emergency services were called when a flight from Liverpool to Dublin experienced “a minor technical issue with its nose-landing gear upon landing".
No one was injured and passengers were able to disembark once they were given the all-clear by the airport’s fire officer.
“It’s a bit more than a burst tyre,” the editor of Air & Travel magazine told The Pat Kenny Show.
“The nose gear collapsed; passengers were very discomforted - they were about over an hour sitting on the aircraft.
"The safety operation from an airport point of view seems to have worked.
“I think everyone’s fairly happy with the outcome and Ryanair described it as a ‘minor’ setback.
“Four flights were diverted from that airport because the runway was closed - very, very lucky that we have that parallel runway which only opened last year.
“That meant operations could get back to normal and the four flights then made it to Dublin.”
Afterwards, the aircraft was taken away for inspection by engineers and Mr Corry predicted it will be some time before the public is informed.
“We generally don’t get explanations until well into the investigative process,” he said.
“The big criticism of Ryanair was information; passengers onboard weren’t really informed and kept up to date with what was happening.
“But in terms of what the passenger experience is - safety is paramount and Ryanair and Dublin Airport performed to a high level on that.”
Flying is an extremely safe way to travel. According to Dutch aviation firm To70, for every billion miles travelling by plane, 0.07 people die; for cars, the figure is 7.2 per deaths per billion miles.
Main image: A Ryanair aircraft.