KLM Goes on Surprising Six-Hour Flight To Nowhere
In airline circles, ‘flights to nowhere’ have change into a preferred various throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as some carriers have stuffed the need of vacationers seeking to fly, even when restrictions in different international locations forestall them from touchdown and getting off the airplane to go to.
In reality, final fall, a seven-hour flight to nowhere on Qantas bought out in 10 minutes.
Final Sunday, some passengers bought to expertise that – albeit in an unscheduled capability.
A KLM jet scheduled to fly from Amsterdam to Zanzibar suffered a chook strike and took an surprising six-hour flight to nowhere earlier than touchdown again at its dwelling airport within the Netherlands.
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The flight occurred on Feb. 28, based on The Unbiased newspaper.
KLM flight 515 departed Amsterdam Schiphol airport for Zanzibar, Tanzania, and was flying over the Mediterranean Sea simply south of Greece when the crew made the choice to show again for the Dutch capital.
At that time, the Boeing 777 jet was three hours into an eight-and-a-half hour flight.
The Unbiased famous that the flight monitoring service RadarBox reported the rationale as a “chook strike,” though it’s not recognized when the KLM airplane hit the chook or birds.
Whereas the airplane apparently didn’t want a right away emergency touchdown someplace nearer to their location, the pilot nonetheless determined it was finest to show again to Amsterdam slightly than persevering with on to Zanzibar. Flight 515 landed safely again in Amsterdam, the place it took off from six hours earlier.
Flights that find yourself again at their departure airport are referred to as “flights to nowhere.”
KLM didn’t return a message for remark and additional clarification.