Lufthansa flight returned twice due to engine problems

Lufthansa flight returned twice due to engine problems

Lufthansa flight LH425 took off from Boston's Logan International Airport around 8:18 p.m. Tuesday evening, but a few minutes after takeoff — and to Germany it was necessary to fly about seven hours — the pilots informed air traffic controllers that they needed to return to Boston due to a technical problem on board.

A 16-year-old Airbus A340-600 was forced to dump fuel off the coast before returning to Boston, where it landed without incident about 1 hour and 20 minutes after departure.

It looks like the engineers gave the green light to a second attempt, because the plane with 297 passengers took off again from Boston at 01:06 am on Wednesday.

Just a few minutes passed, and the pilots once again reported a problem with the engine. This time the plane was sent away from the coast, ran out of fuel again, and about an hour later landed again in Boston.

A third attempt was out of the question. The flight was immediately canceled — even if the technical problem had been fixed, the crew would have gone to rest before returning the aircraft to the sky.

Lufthansa put its entire fleet of A340-600 aircraft into conservation at the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 and planned to decommission them. But in June 2021, the airline's management decided to return five “kerosene eaters” to serve key routes from its Munich hub.

The reason was not only that passenger traffic increased dramatically, but also that there was a demand for First Class seats, and Lufthansa they are almost non-existent.

Lufthansa will sell 12 of its 17 A340-600s and keep the remaining five to serve routes where First Class is in demand — there are eight of them in each liner.

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