Two Germanwings Airbuses make unscheduled landings in 24 hours
Flight 4U814 from Cologne to Venice with 123 passengers and five crew was forced to land in Stuttgart on Saturday, after the plane started losing oil and the pilots shut down one of the engines.
“This is a standard safety procedure. It was not an emergency landing,” the airline stressed.
Technicians are now examining the aircraft.
On Friday, another Germanwings Airbus on its way to Rome from Hanover made an “alternative landing” in Venice after a passenger and a crewmember became ill.
Eugino Bartolini, a professor from Rome, told the Il Messaggero newspaper that a female passenger sitting in the row behind him required assistance for “apprehension” and “fear of flying.”
“We saw the plane gradually descending and then Venice’s lagoon appeared. When the plane landed, the captain told us over the microphone, in English, that a crew member and passenger were unwell and so he had decided to land at Marco Polo,” he said.
The two unscheduled landings come as the budget German carrier is in the spotlight after a plane traveling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed into the French Alps killing all 150 on board.
Investigators, who have now recovered and at least partially examined the data from both black boxes, believe the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have intentionally downed the plane.