KLM flight bound for Glasgow forced to turn back after 'unusual engine activity'

'Tense' passengers noticed 'unusual engine activity' mid flight
'Tense' passengers noticed 'unusual engine activity' mid flight -Credit:LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images

Scots passengers have told of a 'tense journey' when their KLM flight bound for Glasgow was forced to turn back to Amsterdam.

The KLM043 was bound for Glasgow on Monday, May 20 when the captain reportedly announced it would have to head back to Holland over 'safety concerns'

The flight that was due to land in Glasgow at 7.50pm, was forced to turn around over Hull after passengers noticed 'unusual engine activity', Glasgow Live reports.

Passengers onboard the Embraer E175STD plane say they noticed issues whilst the plane was heading over the English city, south of Newcastle.

The issues including unusual engine activity and fluctuating speed, were flagged to crew onboard and the decision was made to travel back to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - landing at 8.20pm.

One passenger told Glasgow Live that staff had to reassure travellers: "Myself and my brother were both on this flight.

The flight was forced to turn around.
The flight was forced to turn around. -Credit:FlightRadar

"Several of the passengers had noticed the unusual engine activity including fluctuating speed somewhere north of Hull/south of Newcastle. The captain came over tannoy to announce to us all that for safety reasons we would be returning to Amsterdam and providing reassurance.

"It was a very tense journey back to Amsterdam. All passengers remained calm while cabin crew came through to answer any questions we might have and provide reassurance."

The passenger said that travellers were put up in hotels overnight with him and his brother flying home via Frankfurt on Tuesday, May 21. Others onboard were rerouted via Dublin.

A spokesperson for KLM said: "Flight KL943 bound for Glasgow returned to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on Monday, May 20, due to a technical fault. Passengers were offered hotel accommodation after returning to Schiphol and were able to continue their journey to Glasgow on Tuesday morning (21 May).

"KLM would like to stress that the safety of our passengers and crew members is paramount and they have not been in any danger."

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