well this is my first trip report, so please, do not hesitate with criticism...
anyway, it all started on a beautiful winter day in Düsseldorf. For once it was very sunny in the Ruhrgebiet area, a glorious, gorgeous day with cristal clear, refreshing air and a hearty, cool wind blowing.
Condtitions were so ideal for photography that I went a little earlier to the airport to shoot some pictures, and I was richly rewarded:
Iberia's retro jet is a true bijou, and a Tupolev 154 stuns me everytime.
LX 1019 DUS-ZRH (well DUS again)
13 JANUARY 2008
Avro RJ 100 HB-IXP
Load: 100 %
Well, the day's perfect start should not apply to the afternoon: soon after taking off on the RJ100 HB-IXP there was a strange noise, well, I cannot describe it sufficiently: the engines sounded kind of differently, less loud maybe, less humming, and then we hit some turbulences. Little did I know and I fell asleep - I easily fall asleep up in the air (for me the last resort of quietness, of heavenly silence, a perfect place to relax). After maybe 20 minutes the captain's voice woke me up: He announced that we were to return to DUS as we were experiencing an engine failure (when looking in cockpit direction the outer engine on the right). Everyone stayed calm on board (even though my seating neighbour, a fine lady, admitted that she was nervous as she sat on a Cessna 20 years earlier when suddenly the propeller stopped propelling, that's what she told me at least and I tried to calm her by telling her about the gliding abilities of today's jets - mentionning the Gimly Glider and the Air Transat A330 getting to the Azores after gliding for hours) and so we went back where we started from, circling over the Ruhrgebiet, for around half an hour and then touched down again on Germany's third busiest airport. I made some pictures while we were circling:
and from X-ray Papa on the ground - with an engine opened:
Then Swiss (and Lufthansa) proved that they do know what they are doing: they managed to avoid chaos - everybody was accommodated on other flights to their destinations in a orderly, professional way - I must say I was impressed.
(This situation, returing due to an engine failure was new to me, however, I experienced two flight cancellations before, both with Air France, and both times it took ages for them to rearrange everything).
For me, it meant only a delay of three hours in the end - as I was booked right on the next LH flight to ZRH, LH 3770, operated by Eurowings on BAe 146-200 D-ACFA. This older Jumbolino has, as opposed to SWISS, a 6-abreast design, making the galley narrow. The seat was comfy, however, and the ride smooth. As soon as we were above the clouds I was napping again...
Well, this incident only helped to strengthen my belief in this airline (and its parent) and I am already looking forward to flying them again...
[Edited 2008-01-13 14:23:09]