Dozens of people were stranded in Europe for another night on Saturday after their plane to the US made an emergency landing in Dublin after an engine failure, passengers said.
Brussels Airlines Flight 101 was on its way from Brussels to New York on Friday when pilots issued a “pan-pan” message indicating a problem less serious than a “mayday” when flying at 37,000 feet, aviation media said. and tracking sites.
Pilots on the 12-year-old Airbus A330-300 requested to be diverted to Shannon in Western Ireland, but switched to Dublin following instructions from the airline, according to the Aviation Herald, an independent website that tracks aviation incidents.
The Lufthansa unit Brussels Airlines confirmed that the aircraft was diverted after an engine warning, and said that the pilots had followed the standard procedure.
Passengers praised the crew, but said they had been placed in hotels in Dublin before being flown to Paris on Saturday, where many were then unable to get on crowded flights to New York days before Thanksgiving in the United States.
They included 18-year-old Maja Schmidt from Germany, who was on her way to New York to work as an au pair.
“They had nothing vegetarian, so I ate bread and a cookie,” she told Reuters. The airline said it had a policy of offering vegetarian meals and blamed the problem on a hotel.
Also on board was the 22-year-old Oliver Sommerburg from near Hamburg in Germany, who only took the second flight of his life.
“It was crazy, I do not know what is happening. They are not telling us anything,” he said.
Bernard Vidick, a Belgian court clerk, said he had been denied a connecting flight in Paris because the plane with stranded passengers from Dublin had also been delayed.
“That means we are blocked in Paris while we should be in New York. We are wasting two of the few vacation days we have,” he told Reuters.
“We have done our utmost to provide care for our passengers in difficult circumstances … but unfortunately we could not provide an optimal solution for everyone. We very much regret the inconvenience this caused to our customers,” the airline said.
Airlines serving the United States are preparing for congestion and delays next week as the Thanksgiving holiday overlaps with airlines’ labor shortages.
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