The Czech airline Smartwings met a difficult week. Already two aircraft on the daily route from Prague to Antalya, Turkey, had to return to Prague almost immediately after takeoff for technical reasons.
As the reader of the News List pointed out, Thursday’s connection turned over Brno and returned to Ruzyně Airport. Don’t let Sunday fly to Třebíč either.
The information was confirmed by Klára Divíšková, a spokeswoman for Prague Airport. “Both of these flights had technical faults, so they were forced to land in Prague,” Seznam told the News.
In both cases, these were Boeing 737 machines, with OK-TSM and OK-TVW registrations. There were 96 passengers and 6 crew members on board the aircraft on Thursday. In Prague, the passengers switched to other machines and continued on their planned route to Turkey.
As Smartwings explains, this was not an emergency landing. According to spokeswoman Vladimíra Dufková, Thursday’s plane returned for precautionary reasons. “The aircraft on the regular flight QS1196 from Prague to Antalya returned to Prague Airport (return after approximately 20 minutes after takeoff) due to a potential technical defect. It was not a defect that would endanger the safety of passengers and crew, “says the spokesman.