American Airlines flight from Frankfurt-Texas forced to make emergency landing in Glasgow


An American Airlines flight bound for Texas was forced to make an emergency landing in Glasgow after reports of a ‘strong burning smell’ in the cabin.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreanliner, capable of carrying more than 250 passengers, was en-route to Dallas in the United States from Frankfurt, Germany, when the crew declared an emergency using a Squark 7700 code – used to signal on-flight emergencies, the Daily Record reports. 

The AAL71 flight used the 7700 squawk code following reports of a ‘strong burning smell’ in the cabin shortly after 11am on Sunday.

According to the site Flightradar24 the aircraft was flying somewhere over the Orkney Islands before making a turn south towards Glasgow this afternoon.

Reports said the aircraft remained on the ground at the airport for some time as other planes circled the airport before it taxied off the runway. When the plane landed it was met by fire service and paramedic crews. 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called to assist at the airport but crews have since been stood down.

A spokesman for American Airlines told “American Airlines flight 71 from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) diverted to Glasgow International Airport (GLA) in Scotland, due to a possible mechanical issue. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to the gate.

“Our maintenance team is evaluating the aircraft. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused. Our team is working to get passengers to Dallas/Fort Worth as soon as possible.”

Glasgow Airport authorities have been conacted for comment. 

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