Tokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 365 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 12 hours ago) and read 3917 times:
I have just read on the local Amsterdam tv website (AT5) that a defective KLM plane returned to Schiphol. Here's a rough translation:
"On Wednesday alert passengers on a flight to New York noticed a strange vibration on one of the wings. One passenger alerted the P/A's to this, who in turn informed the pilots. The pilots noticed the unusual vibrations too, but cockpit instruments showed nothing amiss. ATC at Schiphol elected to order the plane (which was already over the Atlantic) to return to the Netherlands for inspection."
Unfotunately the article doesn't provide any more details such as aircraft type, etc.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 hours ago) and read 3829 times:
Such a return would most likely be ordered by company headquarters rather than ATC (given that the aircraft was well underway apparently).
ATC would have ordered a diversion to the nearest airport large enough to take it.
Schipholjfk From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 hours ago) and read 3594 times:
Quoting BA757 (Reply 5): If it was headed to NYC, its either a 777 to JFK or a 767 to EWR.
Or it could be 744 (flight #643) as well in the evening. However, Fligth #643 arrived at 9:20PM (5 mins later than it's scheduled time). Flight #641 (777 service) arrived at 11:33PM at night (normal scheduled arrival time 4:10PM). So it must have been the 777 service (Flight 641).