Lufthansa B748 near Moscow on Jan 20th 2017, electrical odour prompts inflight return following ground return

Last Update: January 30, 2017 / 22:18:01 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 20, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-720

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
D-ABYC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-8

ICAO Type Designator
B748

A Lufthansa replacement Boeing 747-800, registration D-ABYC performing flight LH-720 (dep Jan 19th) from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL330 about 300nm northeast of Moscow (Russia) when the crew decided to return to Frankfurt due to an electrical odour on board. The aircraft landed safely on Frankfurt's runway 07R about 3:20 hours after the decision to return.

The entire crew went to see a doctor.

D-ABYC operated by a stand by crew had already replaced another Boeing 747-800 registration D-ABYQ and the initial crew originally assigned to the flight. While D-ABYQ taxied out for departure from Frankfurt strong fumes occurred on board causing a number of passengers to suffer from eye irritations, subsequently a number of passengers vomitted. The crew aborted departure preparations before reaching a runway and returned to the gate.

A replacement replacement Boeing 747-800 registration D-ABYF reached Beijing as flight LH-720D with a delay of 20 hours.

Germany's BFU reported that they are aware of both occurrences of D-ABYQ and D-ABYC. The BFU collected extensive information concerning both aircraft, rated the occurrences incidents and did not open an investigation.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 20, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-720

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
D-ABYC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-8

ICAO Type Designator
B748

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