Lufthansa Flight Diverts to Hamburg Due to Defective Coffee Maker

Over the weekend, it was revealed that a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Gothenburg diverted to Hamburg due to a defective coffee maker.
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Over the weekend, it was revealed that a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Gothenburg diverted to Hamburg due to a defective coffee maker.

Due to this, a replacement aircraft was sent to pick up passengers.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

LH818 – Frankfurt-Gothenburg: Diversion to Hamburg…


Over the weekend, it was revealed that a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Gothenburg diverted to Hamburg due to a defective coffee maker.
Data provided by RadarBox.com.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Gothenburg diverted to Hamburg due to a defective coffee maker.
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Lufthansa flight LH818 is a routine scheduled flight between Frankfurt and Gothenburg.

The affected aircraft that diverted to Hamburg was operated by D-AILD.

As per data from Planespotters.net, D-AILD is a 27.5 year old Airbus A319 that was delivered to the German airline in October 1996.

Furthermore, of the A319 variant, Lufthansa has 35 of them in the fleet, of which 31 are in active service.

Such aircraft in the fleet hold an average age of 21.5 years.

LH818 departed Frankfurt at 1649 local time on March 9 and proceeded northbound up to Gothenburg.

As per reporting from The Aviation Herald, it was understood the decision to divert to Hamburg was due to:

  • Initial reports of smoke originating in the forward galley.
  • Upon landing into HAM, it was found that a defective coffee maker had caused the issue.
  • There was burnt water inside the machine that caused this.

Following this diversion, the aircraft was grounded for the rest of the evening.

Affected Aircraft Was Back in Operation The Next Day…


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As per data from RadarBox.com, D-AILD remained grounded in Hamburg for the rest of the night following the incident.

D-AIZM, an Airbus A320 in the Lufthansa fleet, was the replacement jet to take the passengers onwards to Gothenburg.

The next day, the aircraft was repositioned back to Frankfurt and then operated the Salzburg flight that same day.

In this case, the coffee maker would have had to have been replaced by Lufthansa technicians.

This would have been a quick replacement and fix to allow the aircraft back into commercial service.

All eyes will be on whether the same issue arises in the short term or not.

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