Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 Returns To Frankfurt After Engine Stalls

August 14, 2019

 

A Lufthansa Boeing 747 was forced to dump fuel over the German countryside on Sunday the 11th of August. The aircraft suffered a stalled engine on departure from Frankfurt Airport bound for Shanghai.

Occasionally aircraft need to return to their airport of origin. For one reason or another, this can range from deflated tires to parts of a wing falling off. However, Lufthansa’s flight to nowhere entry sees a Boeing 747 returning after dumping fuel. The pilot of the aircraft was not prepared to fly to Shanghai with only three engines available after one stalled.

The flight

Lufthansa flight LH732 is the German airline’s scheduled service from Frankfurt to Shanghai. The flight is scheduled to depart from Frankfurt at 22:05, before touching down in Shanghai at 14:50 the next day. However, on Sunday 11th August, the flight departed from Frankfurt around 22:54 according to data from FlightRadar24.

The aircraft was carrying 370 people when, during takeoff, the right inboard engine (3) stalled according to The Aviation Herald. The aircraft then climbed to 18,000 feet in order to dump fuel. According to the aircraft’s flight path, it proceeded to dump fuel over parts of the Hesse countryside in Germany. The flight passed right overhead the Open Flair music festival in Eschege while dumping fuel, where 20,000 people were in attendance.

Following around 90 minutes in the air, the aircraft touched back down in Frankfurt on the runway from which it had taken off. While the aircraft was followed by the fire brigade on landing, it went on to taxi to a gate where the passengers were offloaded. According to data from Flight Radar, the aircraft (D-ABVU) is still on the ground in Frankfurt two days later. The aircraft that was operating the flight is just over 20 years old and has only flown with Lufthansa. 

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