No controller at Altenburg: Ryanair flight diverts

Altenburg Airport

Altenburg Airport; photo by WikiABG (CC Attribution-Share Alike)

The crew of a Ryanair flight to Altenburg, Germany was forced to divert to Berlin because there was no air traffic controller present at the airport, according to a report by the German “Ostthüringer Zeitung” newspaper.

On Sunday March 7, 2010 Ryanair flight FR 8926 departed London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS) airport on a flight to Altenburg Nobitz Airport (AOC/EDAC). The flight, carrying about 180 passengers, was scheduled to arrive at 09:45 but the crew were not able to contact the Altenburg controller. The crew decided to divert to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB).

The absence of an air traffic controller in the tower was due to an error in staff scheduling, according to a spokesman of “The Tower Company”, the Air Navigation Service Provider at Altenburg.

The flight was carried out by Boeing 737-8AS, registered EI-DAN.

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