Austrian Plane Carrying More Than 300 People Makes U-Turn Two Hours Into Flight To New York Because Of Clogged Toilets

An Austrian Airlines plane carrying 312 people was forced to return two hours into a flight from Vienna to New York after passengers clogged five of the eight toilets aboard.

The toilets inside the Boeing 777-200 with flight number OS088 were blocked so badly that cabin crews were urged to discontinue the eight-hour long journey and head back to Vienna on Monday, 17th April.

The crew decided to turn the plane – which at the time was flying over the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands – around after realising that the toilets couldn’t be flushed properly due to a technical issue.

The company later reported that a vacuum problem was the reason for the defect.

Image shows an illustrative photo of a Boeing 777, undated photo. Three hundred passengers on a flight to New York had to rebook their trips after the toilets got clogged two hours in, forcing the plane to turn back to Vienna, Austria. (Austrian Airlines, Patrick Huber/Newsflash)

An Austrian Airlines spokesperson said on Tuesday (18th April): “For the well-being and comfort of the 300 passengers, it was therefore decided to turn back.

“There would have been no way to repair the toilets in New York.”

The spokesperson explained that it was the first time that the company had experienced such a problem.

But she added that the toilets are already repaired, and that the plane is back in service.

Meanwhile, the 312 passengers on board had to be rebooked on other flights to Newark Airport upon arrival at Vienna International Airport.

The Boeing 777-200 – registered as OE-LPA – was used as a cargo plane for the transport of medical supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Image shows an illustrative photo of a plane’s toilet, undated photo. Three hundred passengers on a flight to New York had to rebook their trips after the toilets got clogged two hours in, forcing the plane to turn back to Vienna, Austria. (Newsflash)

It was converted back into a passenger plane and upgraded with seats – with the business class reduced by six seats, and Premium Economy and Economy being expanded – in February 2023.

The plane is reportedly 26 years old.


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Story By: Georgina JadikovskaSub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency:  Newsflash

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