Lufthansa flight from Chicago declares emergency at Frankfurt

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A Lufthansa transatlantic flight from Chicago to Frankfurt has declared an emergency, squawking 7700 in the vicinity of the destination Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

Lufthansa flight LH433 Chicago – Frankfurt


Lufthansa flight LH433, an Airbus A340-300 operating the long haul flight from Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA) declared a general emergency after having executed a hold in the vicinity of Frankfurt Airport.

Flight track of LH433 from Chicago to Frankfurt area.

Flight data shows the aircraft initially executed a missed approach; descending to 300 feet before rejecting the landing attempt. The flight then climbed to 7,000 feet, declaring an emergency with squawk code 7700, before landing off the second approach.

Flight track of LH433 from Chicago, showing manoeuvres in Frankfurt area.

Flight LH433 was operated by an Airbus A340-300, registered D-AIGN; a 25-year old aircraft belonging to the carrier Lufthansa.

The German flag carrier took possession of the aircraft originally in 1998, where it subsequently saw service for Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine.

The flight departed Chicago after a slight delay; showing an actual time of departure of 23:06 CDT off a scheduled departure time of 22:30 CDT. The flight then proceeded uneventfully for the transatlantic crossing.

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UPDATE 1400 BST


With Lufthansa flight LH433 now safely down at Frankfurt (FRA), a social media post from a passenger suggests that the cause of the emergency was a problem with the aircraft’s landing gear. The flight was met on arrival by emergency vehicles.

And compliments given by a passenger to Lufthansa operating crew for their thorough pre-landing preparations!

Final Update


The cause of yesterday’s emergency has now been confirmed as an undercarriage issue. The crew had elected to go around from the first approach and climbed to 7,000 feet to attempt to rectify the issue.

Prior to the second landing attempt, passengers were given an emergency landing briefing by cabin crew and assumed brace positions on landing as a precautionary measure.

The aircraft carried out and uneventful landing from the second landing attempt.

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