Boeing 737 circles island waiting for air controller

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22 August 2007 , Sylt, Germany (dpa) - A Boeing 737 carrying 140 passengers was forced to circle the German holiday island of Sylt for half an hour, as no flight controller was available to direct the aircraft to land, airport manager Peter Douven said Wednesday.

22 August 2007

Sylt, Germany (dpa) - A Boeing 737 carrying 140 passengers was forced to circle the German holiday island of Sylt for half an hour, as no flight controller was available to direct the aircraft to land, airport manager Peter Douven said Wednesday.

Passengers aboard the flight from Stuttgart were able to view the scenic North Sea island from all sides, while airport officials searched for a qualified flight controller on Monday morning.

"The air controller was sick," Douven said, adding that a replacement had been found within 20 minutes.

"That is very quick. Airline pilots are obliged to have sufficient fuel for this kind of thing," he added.

The pilot landed the plane late but without incident.

Sylt, which is linked by causeway to the German mainland near the border with Denmark, has a permanent population of some 27,000, most of whom live from the proceeds of tourism.

Its population swells during the summer. Last year the annual surfing competition drew 180,000 visitors.

DPA

Subject: German news

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