Germany team plane forced to make ’emergency’ landing in Edinburgh

Germany’s national team plane was forced to make an ‘emergency’ landing in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.

Die Mannschaft were flying back from Iceland, having secured a 4-0 win against the European minnows in Reykjavík.

While they were supposed to be flying directly to Frankfurt, FlightRadar data showed that their charter jet had to declare a ‘mid-air emergency’.

And this saw them divert across the north of Scotland before heading down to Edinburgh Airport.

It came after the pilot completed a process called ‘squawking’, where they declare an emergency while still in the air.

Klasjet flight KLJ2703 was shown on the website as making a quick turn at Dundee and Arbroath before descending on the Scottish capital.



Germany’s team plane was forced to make an ’emergency’ landing on their way back from Edinburgh

The German national team’s Twitter channel posted an update early on Thursday morning.

Writing to their 3.2m followers, the post read: “Safety first. Safe stopover as a precaution in Edinburgh.

“Individual onward and return journeys are planned from there.”

While an update a few hours later on their English-speaking channel added: “Everyone is fine and patiently waiting while the staff go about their business calmly and professionally. Another coffee it is then!

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The team were flying back to Frankfurt but their pilot had to 'squawk' while they were mid-air
The team were flying back to Frankfurt but their pilot had to ‘squawk’ while they were mid-air

“A replacement plane is now en route to Edinburgh to bring the players, coaches, staff and the DFB delegation back to Germany.”

Germany maintained their position at the top of Group J in the World Cup qualifiers with victory in Iceland, where they have won five and lost one of their games.

Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry got Die Mannschaft going after just four minutes, finishing off a rapid move before Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger fired in a bullet header.



But the plane was safely diverted to Edinburgh, with everyone on board 'fine'
But the plane was safely diverted to Edinburgh, with everyone on board ‘fine’

Leroy Sane nearly took the net off in the second half – but there was a new low point for goal-scorer Timo Werner, who missed from six yards out.

But the Blues forward did manage to find the net with two minutes of normal time left, bouncing the ball off one post as it spun slowly over the line.

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