A GetJet Airlines plane en route from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius to the Egyptian resort city of Hurghada had to turn back after damages were found.
A Getjet Boeing 737-400, registration LY-MGC performing flight GJT-101 from Vilnius (Lithuania) to Hurghada (Egypt) with 160 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 170nm south of Vilnius when the crew decided to return to Vilnius.
“The passenger plane with 160 people aboard has safely landed in the Vilnius airport. Everything is fine,” the airport’s spokeswoman told BR.
Earlier on Saturday, the airport’s press service reported that the plane had to cut its flight and start emergency landing after minor damages had been spotted.
The aircraft entered a hold at FL120 to burn off fuel and landed safely back in Vilnius about 2:40 hours after departure.
A replacement Boeing 737-400 registration LY-PGC departed about 2 hours after landing back and reached Hurghada with a delay of about 5 hours.
The airline reported the crew received indication of a landing gear anomaly and decided to return to Vilnius, burned off fuel and landed safely.
A post flight inspection revealed the landing gear was okay, hence it had not been an emergency landing.
The airport reported the crew advised of a minor technical problem as cause for the return.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Vilnius about 13 hours after landing back.
According to the GetJet Airlines website, the carrier operates a fleet of five Boeing 737 planes. The company started flights on May 25, 2016.