Lufthansa B748 enroute on Apr 18th 2022, unruly lavatories

Last Update: April 23, 2022 / 21:43:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 18, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-431

Aircraft Registration
D-ABYR

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-8

ICAO Type Designator
B748

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8, registration D-ABYR performing flight LH-431 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), had been enroute at FL370 about 960nm northeast of Chicago in Canadian Airspace, when the crew decided to return to Chicago. The aircraft landed safely back in Chicago about 2.5 hours after turning around.

A passenger told The Aviation Herald: "It was a minor incident but something which might get quite popular with your readers - unruly lavatories!" Prior to departure the captain had announced there were minor issues with the lavatories. The passenger commented such "minor issues" are rarely "self curing" so they turned around after 2.5 hours into the flight and landed back in Chicago about 5 hours after departure with just 2 lavatories remaining, that were still working. While on the way back it also appeared there might have been some electrical problems, a number of fellow passengers were unable to adjust their seats, flight attendants had to return the seats to their upright positions manually, there were flickering cabin lights in the back of the cabin and the inflight entertainment system was playing up.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Chicago for about 19 hours, then positioned back to Frankfurt, where the aircraft remained on the ground for another 39 hours before returning to service.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 18, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-431

Aircraft Registration
D-ABYR

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-8

ICAO Type Designator
B748

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