Sunday, October 08, 2023

Chennai-Bound Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 Returns To Frankfurt Following Engine Issues

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 (registration D-AIGV/MSN 325) flying from Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) to Chennai was reportedly forced to return to its origin due to an engine issue. The aircraft was flying at cruising altitude over the Czech Republic when the crew decided to turn around towards Frankfurt while descending. The aircraft landed safely nearly two hours and twenty minutes after departure. No injuries to passengers or crew were reported.

On October 1, Lufthansa flight LH758, flown by an Airbus A340-300, was en route to Chennai when the crew aborted the flight and returned to FRA. The flight departed the gate at 11:15 local time, 15 minutes after the scheduled departure from FRA. Data from shows that about 30 minutes into the flight, the aircraft reached its cruising altitude of 33,000 ft (10,060 m).

The aircraft was flying at a speed of 500 knots (575 mph, 926 km/h). Minutes after maintaining a level position, the aircraft descended to 29,000 ft (8,840 m) while preparing for its return to Frankfurt. Maintaining FL290 for nearly 25 minutes, the pilots dumped excess fuel before landing. The aircraft touched down at runway 25C at FRA approximately two hours and twenty minutes after departure.

All passengers and crew were safe, with no reported injuries. What was meant to be a nearly nine-hour flight to Chennai turned into a rather quick journey back to Frankfurt. The aircraft in question is 23.7 years old and delivered to Lufthansa in February 2000.

The quadjet is powered by four CFM56 engines. Specific details of the engine issues and the circumstances under which the flight was diverted are unknown at the moment. It will be some time until more details about the aircraft and its status are known.

08/10/2023 Dr. Omar Memon/Simple Flying

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