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Two Germanwings Flights Make Unscheduled Landings

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | April 04, 2015

Two Germanwings Flights Make Unscheduled Landings

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Two Germanwings airliners made unplanned landings within 24 hours of each other, one because of a mechanical problem, the other, because of passenger health issues, according to eTurboNews.

Germanwings Flight 4U814 took off from Cologne, Germany, bound for Venice Italy at 9:55 a.m local time Saturday. But the Airbus A319 with 123 passengers and five crew members diverted to Stuttgart, Germany when warning systems indicated the aircraft was losing oil. The pilots then shut off one of the plane’s engines, then landed without incident.

The airline wanted it to be understood that this was not considered an emergency landing. The aircraft was examined by technicians to find out what went wrong.

Friday’s unscheduled landing occurred on a Germanwings Airbus flight that took off from Hanover, Germany bound for Rome, but landed in Venice after a passenger and a crewmember fell ill.

Rome professor Eugino Bartolini told “Il Messaggero” newspaper that a female passenger sitting in the row behind him required assistance for “apprehension” and “fear of flying.”

“We saw the plane gradually descending and then Venice’s lagoon appeared. When the plane landed, the captain told us over the microphone, in English, that a crew member and passenger were unwell and so he had decided to land at Marco Polo,” Bartolini said.

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