Lufthansa flight diverts to Amsterdam after smell of smoke

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A Lufthansa scheduled flight operating between Frankfurt and Edinburgh made an unscheduled diversion to Amsterdam after flight crew reported the smell of smoke in the cabin on January 21.

Lufthansa flight LH964, an Airbus A320 operating from Frankfurt-Main Airport (FRA) to Edinburgh was en route to the destination and passing through Netherlands airspace when the incident occurred in the cruise.

Lufthansa LH964 Frankfurt – Edinburgh


Diversion to Amsterdam


 On detecting the smoky odour in the cabin, the flight crew elected to make an unscheduled diversion to nearby Amsterdam airport, where the aircraft subsequently landed without further incident.

The ongoing flight to Edinburgh was subsequently cancelled at that point. The aircraft conducting the scheduled LH964 flight service was an Airbus A320-200N, registered D-AINC; a seven-year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the German national carrier Lufthansa.

The A320neo aircraft has been operational with the carrier since its first flight from the Hamburg production plant in August 2016.

Flight data for the service shows that flight all LH964 had made an on-time departure out of Frankfurt at 22:08 local time on the evening of January 21.

The aircraft set course normally, climbing to flight level FL380 (38,000 feet) for the north westerly track to Scotland.

The flight then executed the diversion from the cruise and landed at Amsterdam approximately 30 minutes afterwards. The flight crew did not declare a formal emergency, and the diversion was carried out under normal flight operating procedures.

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Lufthansa flight LH964 enroute from Frankfurt to Edinburgh made a diversion to Amsterdam on Jan 21, after the smell of smoke was detected in the cabin.
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