Expensive flight goes nowhere
3 months ago 51 Charlie

Nope! - Turn Around!


Brussels Airlines flight SN515 departed Brussels on June 22nd, 2019, bound for Washington DC.


Issues started even before takeoff, with the scheduled departure time of 10:15am, the flight was delayed by two hours due to a last minute change in aircraft being used for the flight.

The original aircraft that was being used was an A330-200, with the registration of OO-SFZ, however, this aircraft was swapped with an A330-300, OO-SFL.

The later aircraft was recently transferred from Lufthansa and was painted in the Eurowings livery in May. 


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Lufthansa is the parent group of both Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, and Lufthansa is currently in the process of merging Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, their low-cost airline. 

Due to the change in aircraft, and swapping of airlines, the aircraft used for the flight didn't have the correct paperwork to land in the United States, which would mean Brussels Airlines would face a fine upon arrival at Washington DC.

This resulted in the aircraft making a u-turn and returning back to Brussels airport. 

Landing back at Brussels at 9:15pm, the aircraft had about 9 hours in the sky.

The airline told passengers that due to "operational reasons" the flight had to return. 


Due to the extent of the diversion and return to the airport, Brussels Airlines must pay each passenger €600 in compensation, plus giving them hotels and meal vouchers for the night. 

This mistake in aircraft paperwork will cost Brussels Airlines perhaps around 500,000 Euros, including paying all 250 passengers onboard compensation, which will add up to 300,000 Euros.

The other 200,000 Euros will be due to hotels and food for all the passengers.


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A Brussels Airlines representative stated that "We can indeed confirm that our latest long-haul aircraft to join our fleet has not yet the necessary FAA documents to pass through the US airspace."

"Due to a human error; this plane was wrongly assigned to the IAD flight. Unfortunately, this was only noticed when the aircraft was already 4 hours away from Brussels."



This sort of story is very strange and crazy, although it happens quite often, at least once a year.

Reasons can extend to medical emergencies or maintenance issues.

Most transatlantic flights from mainland Europe would normally divert to airports in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Will
3 months ago
o well rip