Status: 22/09/2023, 04:47 a.m.
By: Erik Scharf
On a scheduled flight to Seoul, the pilots of a Lufthansa Boeing have to turn off an engine. Then it will take 341 passengers four and a half hours back to Frankfurt.
Frankfurt – There are 11,000 kilometers between Aktau (Kazakhstan) and Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is only about 7000 kilometers from the port city on the Caspian Sea to Frankfurt. In the end, the pilots on board Lufthansa flight LH 712 opted for the shorter route. After all, one of the four engines caused problems.
The whole thing happened on Wednesday (13 September) on Lufthansa's scheduled flight between Frankfurt Airport and the airport in Incheon, a major city near Seoul. This is reported by the industry portal Aviation Herald. The flight data on the flightradar24.com portal confirms the incident.
U-turn over the Caspian Sea: Lufthansa Boeing turns around on the way to Seoul
Accordingly, 341 passengers on board the Boeing 747-400 went halfway over the Caspian Sea back to Frankfurt. Irregularities in oil pressure would have forced the crew to shut down an engine. Subsequently, the pilots are said to have reported an air emergency, according to the Aviation Herald.
About four and a half hours after take-off from Frankfurt Airport, the Boeing made a U-turn near the western Kazakh city of Aktau and flew back to Frankfurt via the Tbilisi-Bucharest-Vienna route.
A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 in the sky. © Bayne Stanley / Imago Images
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The Lufthansa Boeing landed there shortly before 23 p.m. The arrival in Seoul was actually scheduled for 0.45 a.m. Central European Time. But as we all know, nothing came of it. As users report under the article of the Aviation Herald, it is said to have been the first flight of the Boeing with the registration D-ABTL after a technical inspection in Hong Kong. This coincides with the flight data of the aircraft.
The passengers on board the flight from Frankfurt to Seoul have been rebooked on other flights. On Thursday (14 September), the flight of the Boeing 747-400 to Shanghai over 6:50 hours went smoothly. (ESA)
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