The airline said on Thursday that the plane carrying the German football team from Iceland had to land in Edinburgh, Scotland on the night of Wednesday through Thursday due to an “electric generator” problem.
Lithuanian charter company ClassJet, which was to ensure Manshaft’s Reykjavik–Frankfurt return flight, explained to the German sports agency SID (a subsidiary of AFP) that the crew had doubts about the generator’s reliability. relief.
“In accordance with the security protocols of both Boeing and company, the team then decided to head to the nearest airport”, a ClassJet spokesperson elaborated assuring that “at no time were the passengers exposed to high risk “.
According to the first internal preliminary investigation, the crew’s response was considered “reasonable and in accordance with the regulations”. The landing proceeded normally.
After a 14-hour journey, the players and coaching staff finally arrived in Frankfurt in the morning on a different device.
“Nothing spectacular and it was not an emergency landing. We haven’t heard of any technical problems,” said Rainer Koch, interim co-president of the German Football Association (DFB).
Everyone remained completely calm, he said: “There was no danger, as we were warned just before landing that we were going to make a stopover for a maintenance operation. Suddenly seeing the houses so close. I was surprised.”
Captains Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich were not on board as they planned to take a direct flight to Munich on Thursday morning.