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Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 grounded at Bangalore – Bangalore Aviation

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 grounded at Bangalore

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 registration D-ABVD flight LH755 from Bangalore, India to Frankfurt, Germany and with 288 passengers and 18 crew, was grounded early this morning due to a technical fault in engine 2 (left in-board).

After push back as the engines were being started up the flight commander experienced a fault in engine 2. The airline’s ground engineer tried to rectify the fault in the GE CF6-80C2B1F engine but to no avail. Passengers were disembarked normally around 07:10 local after spending four hours on board the aircraft.

All passengers have been re-routed on alternate Lufthansa flights as well as alternate airlines.

Despite having a great time slot earlier, in 2009 Lufthansa changed its flight schedule, and their Frankfurt flight now departs at 03:30, thus making it the last flight amongst European carriers.

Unlike most foreign airlines, Lufthansa maintains an extensive technical presence in India but the parts required are not available. A team along with the parts is already en-route on LH754 and should land around 01:30 early tomorrow morning.

To add to Lufthansa woes, its partner Air India has a 747 qualified engineering presence in Bangalore and a fleet of Boeing 747-400s in Mumbai, but those aircraft are equipped with Pratt and Whitney PW4056 engines.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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