The passengers and crew were ready, and the doors were closed. But when the AUA-Boeing 767-300ER, OE-LAZ, made its way to the runway, it didn’t get very far.
For reasons currently unknown, the pilots of the jetliner decided to taxi to a parking lot.
The machine is currently on the ground. It is not clear if and when she will take off for Montreal.
A statement from the AUA is required.
Update at 12:14 p.m.: Although the manifest hasn’t been received from AUA yet, according to “Flightradar24,” OE-LAZ should make another attempt at 12:22 p.m. to take off for Canada.
Update at 12:39 p.m.: The machine was still on the ground at this time, and the AUA has not issued a statement yet.
Update at 7:35 PM: In the afternoon, an AUA spokeswoman wrote in a written statement that technical issues were the reason for the flight cancellation. According to Flightradar24, the machine finally took off at around 12:40 p.m.
“Due to an error message after our OS73 took off en route from Vienna to Montreal, our cockpit crew decided to return to Vienna, where the aircraft was immediately checked.” The safety of the crew and passengers is the AUA’s top priority.
Austrian Wings Editor-in-Chief says: No matter how upsetting the delay is to affected passengers, the fact that AUA takes every error message seriously and investigates it shows the high safety culture that has made this airline one of the safest airlines in the world.
(red GR, CvD)