© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brussels Airways planes are parked on the tarmac at Zaventem Worldwide Airport close to Brussels, Belgium, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
(Reuters) – Dozens of individuals had been stranded in Europe for a second night time on Saturday after their US-bound flight made an emergency touchdown in Dublin following an engine failure, passengers mentioned.
Brussels Airways flight 101 was en route from Brussels to New York on Friday when pilots issued a “pan-pan” message, which signifies an issue much less severe than a “mayday,” when flying at 37,000 ft, aviation media and monitoring web sites mentioned.
Pilots of the 12-year-old Airbus A330-300 requested to divert to Shannon in western Eire however switched to Dublin on directions from the airline, in keeping with Aviation Herald, an impartial web site which tracks airplane incidents.
Lufthansa unit Brussels Airways confirmed that the aircraft had diverted after an engine warning and mentioned pilots had adopted customary process.
Passengers praised the crew however mentioned they’d been put up in resorts in Dublin earlier than being flown to Paris on Saturday, the place many had been then unable to get on overcrowded flights to New York days earlier than Thanksgiving in the USA.
They included 18-year-old Maja Schmidt from Germany who was heading to New York to work as an au pair.
“They did not have something vegetarian so I ate bread and a cookie,” she instructed Reuters. The airline mentioned it had a coverage of providing vegetarian meals and blamed the issue on a lodge.
Additionally on board was 22-year-old Oliver Sommerburg from close to Hamburg, Germany, taking solely the second flight of his life.
“It was loopy, I do not know what is going on on. They do not inform us something,” he mentioned.
Bernard Vidick, a Belgian judicial officer, mentioned he had been refused a connecting flight in Paris as a result of the aircraft bringing stranded passengers from Dublin had additionally been delayed.
“This implies we’re blocked in Paris whereas we must be in New York. We’re losing two of the few trip days we’ve,” he instructed Reuters.
“We have now performed our utmost to provide care to our passengers in tough circumstances … however sadly we couldn’t present an optimum resolution to all. We very a lot remorse the inconvenience this precipitated for our clients,” the airline mentioned.
Carriers serving the USA are bracing for congestion and delays subsequent week because the Thanksgiving vacation overlaps with airline labor shortages.
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