On Monday evening, the Edelweiss flight WK84 from Zurich to Cape Town had to return around an hour after departure. The cockpit crew noticed irregularities in the engine.

By Florian Osterwalder

Monday evening, the Edelweiss flight WK84 from Zurich to Cape Town is in the air for around an hour, then it has to turn back. Flight radar showed that the plane had to turn around near Sardinia. “The cockpit crew noticed irregularities in the engine and decided to return to Zurich as a precaution,” said Edelweiss spokesman Andreas Meier when asked. The plane landed safely at Zurich Airport shortly after two o’clock in the morning.

No danger to crew and passengers

As pictures from a news scout show, the Edelweiss machine was received by several fire engines in Zurich. “A firefighter was checking something near the main landing gear on the right side of the aircraft. After around ten minutes, the plane taxied to a gate on its own.”

Andreas Meier explains to 20 Minutes that there was never any danger to the crew and passengers. “The plane landed safely at Zurich Airport at 2:15 a.m. Passengers will be rebooked on the next possible connection. There were 276 passengers and eleven crew members on board. There was never any danger.”

As a news scout describes to 20 Minutes, some passengers had to sleep on the floor. However, there is a simple reason for this: “The passengers could not enter the country because customs at Zurich Airport are not open at this time. For this reason they had to stay in the terminal,” said media spokesman Andreas Meier.

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