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Funny smell forces plane to divert

Published 21/10/2011 | 10:27

A Lufthansa aeroplane was forced to make an unscheduled stop because of an undefinable smell from the kitchen
A Lufthansa aeroplane was forced to make an unscheduled stop because of an undefinable smell from the kitchen

German airline Lufthansa says one of its planes en route from Frankfurt to Madrid was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Zurich because of an "undefinable smell from the kitchen" of the aircraft.

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Airport spokeswoman Jasmin Bodmer says the Airbus 320 landed on Friday at 8.25am local time (0725 BST) and passengers were able to exit the aircraft normally.

Lufthansa spokesman Peter Schneckenleitner said the crew's decision to divert to the Swiss city was "purely a precautionary" measure, and there was no risk to the 85 passengers or six staff at any time.

Schneckenleitner said three crew members were taken to hospital complaining of respiratory irritations.

He added that passengers are being rebooked onto other flights to Madrid.

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