Swiss plane in forced landing in Turkey

3rd August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Swiss-operated passenger plane returned to Antalya airport following engine problems on Sunday.

Ankara -- A Swiss-operated passenger plane was forced to return to an airport in southern Turkey due to an engine problem following a bird strike shortly after take-off, a company spokeswoman and officials said.

The Boeing 757-200 took off from Antalya, a popular holiday resort on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, en route to Zurich at 12h56 with seven crew and 206 passengers, including a baby, Antalya's deputy governor Hayrettin Balcioglu told the Anatolia news agency.

The pilots requested permission for an emergency landing six minutes later, citing a technical problem in one of the aircraft's engines, he added.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Balcioglu said the plane was operated by Air Berlin of Germany but a company spokeswoman told AFP that the operator was Belair, a Swiss airline in which Air Berlin holds a 49-percent stake.

The spokeswoman added that the aircraft did not make an emergency landing, but turned back to Antalya after a bird strike a few minutes after take-off.

A Kuwaiti tourist waiting at Antalya airport told Anatolia that he took a picture of the plane just before it manoeuvred to land back at the airport, showing flames in one of its engines.

The airline is currently organising another plane to take passengers to Zurich and inspecting the original aircraft for damage, the Air Berlin spokeswoman said.

AFP / Expatica

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