Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

A Norwegian Air Boeing was forced to divert to Iran after suffering a mechanical failure

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A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Iran on Friday due to a technical malfunction.

Norwegian Air Flight 1933 was en route from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Oslo, Norway when it was forced to divert to Shiraz, Iran.

“The aircraft landed normally and taxied to a gate allowing passengers to disembark,” Anders Lindstrom, Norwegian Air’s director of communications in the US, told Business Insider via email.

No injuries have been reported among the 189 passengers and crew on board the flight.

After landing, all passengers were transported to a hotel near the airport, Lindstrom said. A relief Boeing 737-800 was dispatched to Iran from Norway to pick up the stranded passengers.

The relief flight will bring the passengers to Oslo on Saturday after the flight crew completes their mandatory rest period.

According to Norwegian, the brand-new Boeing 737MAX suffered an unspecified “technical issue.” The aircraft involved in the incident, registration LN-BKE, was just delivered to the airline in at the end of October.

However, flight tracking website FlightRadar24 pointed to a possible issue with the Boeing’s CFM International LEAP 1B engines.

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