Plane turns back after toilet disaster

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A Boeing pilot was forced to make a return to the airport after a foul smell from a broken toilet filled the entire cabin.

United Airlines flight 59, scheduled to reach San Francisco, circled over the North Sea before getting back to the Frankfurt airport.

Soon after take off, passengers on-board the aircraft reported a “foul” smell coming from the toilets, the US Sun reports.

After an inspection, the cabin crew found that one of the toilets in the seven-year-old plane was defective, according to Bild.

Passengers also reported that the contents of the waste tank overflowed and entered the cabin, making the situation worse.

The aircraft apparently made contact with the ground engineers, hoping they could help fix the problem, while the aircraft kept circling over the North Sea.

After the technicians could not find a solution for the ongoing flight, the pilots of the Boeing 777 decided to make a return to Frankfurt airport, saving the passengers from a traumatic experience.

“On Friday, March 29, United Flight 59 returned to Frankfurt following a maintenance issue with one of the aircraft’s lavatories,” a United Airlines spokesperson told The Sun.

The passengers were provided with hotel accommodations overnight in Frankfurt – and were rebooked on a different flight to San Francisco the next day, the spokesperson added.

It comes after another flight operated by United Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing at an airport in Upstate New York in a turbulence incident.

At least 22 people aboard a Boeing 787-10 Dreamline were injured after experiencing “extreme turbulence” mid-air.

Seven people – of 312 passengers – were rushed to hospital upon the plane’s arrival while another 15 were treated on site for injuries sustained during the flight, according to New Windsor EMS.

The aircraft reportedly hit “high winds” while on approach to Newark Liberty International Airport and had to abort landing at the airport.

The flight, from Tel Aviv, was diverted north to the New York Stewart International Airport.

People on-board the flight were said to have complained of nausea and chest pains due to the turbulence.

United Airlines confirmed the incident late on Friday, telling aviation news outlet Simple Flying: “On Friday, United flight 85 landed at Stewart International Airport (SWF) after reported high winds at Newark.

“One passenger deplaned due to a medical incident, and a few other customers were seen by medical personnel for possible motion sickness.

“The flight refuelled and continued to Newark tonight.”

New Windsor EMS said the United flight was making an approach to Newark from Tel Aviv when high winds struck about 6.30pm, reports News 12 Westchester.

Meanwhile, another United aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday.

Reported engine issues on a flight from San Francisco to Paris were said to have been the reason for a diversion to Denver.

Boeing, the world’s biggest plane maker, plunged into a crisis after a series of dangerous jet failures and the death of a company whistleblower.

The death of John Barnett from an apparent “self-inflicted” gunshot wound comes after a window panel on a Boeing 737 was ripped from one plane mid-flight – and a wheel dropped from the bottom of another jet during takeoff.

Just a few days ago, Boeing’s under-fire CEO David Calhoun quit following the string of disasters for the aviation giant. Airlines and regulators had been calling for major changes at Boeing following a slew of quality and manufacturing issues on their aircraft.

This article originally appeared on the US Sun and was reproduced with permission

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