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BA flight to Delhi forcelands in Germany, 222 safe


First published: October 13, 2008, 3:37 AM IST | Updated: October 13, 2008
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BA flight to Delhi forcelands in Germany, 222 safe
Air travel is fraught with peril if signs and snags are overlooked.

A British Airways flight to Delhi with 222 passengers and 16 crew members made an emergency landing at a German airport on Sunday October 12, following technical problems with its in-flight entertainment system.

The pilot of the Boeing 777 was alerted to the problem by a cockpit alarm and the plane was diverted to the Schoenefeld airport, south-east of Berlin.

A British Airways spokesman said the flight, which left London Heathrow this morning, has since returned to London and was rescheduled to leave for Delhi again on Sunday evening.

He said the plane landed safely and no-one was hurt.

After take-off, the plane developed the fault in one of the television screens at the back of an economy class seat and was diverted as a precaution.

The place was checked by engineers before returning to London.

"The cabin crew is trained to deal with this kind of incident on board," the spokesman said.

"We apologise for any inconvenience to our passengers but the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is paramount and will never be compromised," he added.

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