AUA plane returns due to possible engine issue

An Austrian Airlines (AUA) passenger plane had to return shortly after takeoff on Wednesday afternoon.

The jet’s pilots decided to fly back to Vienna International Airport (VIA or VIE) after registering an “unclear display considering the condition of one of the engines,” a spokesman for the firm – in which Lufthansa holds a majority interest – announced yesterday (Thurs).

The airplane – which landed safely at VIA 36 minutes after having left it – was bound for Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO) near Italian capital Rome. Its passengers arrived at FCO with a delay of three hours. The possibly affected plane is being examined by technicians, according to online newspaper Austrian Aviation Net.

Only last week, four people were harmed when an AUA plane experienced midair turbulences. The jet – en route to VIA – suddenly lost in altitude shortly after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) near New York City in the USA due to weather conditions. Several of the 276 passengers ignored advice to wear seatbelts. Three of them and a cabin crew member suffered injuries.