Lufthansa A320 returned to Frankfurt after inflight engine shutdown

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A Lufthansa scheduled flight operating between Frankfurt, Germany and Riga, Latvia on Sunday, October 15 made a precautionary return to Frankfurt am Main Airport following an in-flight engine shutdown.

Lufthansa flight LH890 Frankfurt – Riga

Lufthansa flight LH890, an Airbus A320-200, operating from Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) to Riga International Airport (RIX) made a scheduled departure out of FRA at 10:23 local time on October 15.

Flight track of Lufthansa flight LH890 from Frankfurt to Riga, showing circuit and return to Frankfurt.

Precautionary return after takeoff

Flight data shows the aircraft terminated its climb at 2850 feet shortly after takeoff. The operating crew reported the issue was a failure of the A320’s right-hand engine and an in-flight shutdown of the subject engine was initiated.

The aircraft completed the circuit in the Frankfurt area before completing a landing on RWY25, less than 20 minutes after the time of departure.

Flight LH890 was being operated by an Airbus A320-200, registered D-AIZW; a 10-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the German national flag carrier Lufthansa. Equipped with CFMI engines, the aircraft was originally delivered to the German carrier in July 2013.

A formal emergency was not declared in this particular instance, and the aircraft made an uneventful return to the departure airport FRA.

Flight LH890 was subsequently resumed at 15:00 local time by the carrier’s replacement Airbus A321-200 aircraft registered D-AISP.

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