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KLM Boeing 777 Returns to Schiphol Airport After Technical Issue

Amsterdam, June 23, 2024, The Europe Today: A Boeing 777 aircraft bound for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, made an unscheduled return to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport shortly after takeoff on Sunday due to an unspecified technical issue.

Flight KLM705, operated by Dutch airline KLM, landed safely back at Schiphol. A spokesperson for Dutch air traffic control stated that the plane requested to land as a precaution and turned around over Belgium approximately 40 minutes after takeoff. The exact nature of the technical problem has not been disclosed.

KLM confirmed that the safety of passengers and crew was never at risk. Passengers will be flown to Rio de Janeiro on another aircraft later today.

This incident occurs amid a challenging period for US aviation giant Boeing, which is dealing with a series of safety issues. Boeing’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, has announced his intention to step down by the end of the year.

Boeing has faced significant scrutiny, particularly regarding its 737 Max-9 aircraft. In January, an Alaska Airlines 737 Max-9 flight experienced a critical incident when a door plug ripped off at about 16,000 feet.

US regulators have intensified their oversight, leading to curbed production as Boeing addresses safety and quality concerns. In March, about 50 people were injured when a Boeing 787 suddenly dropped mid-flight. Additionally, last month, a Singapore-bound Boeing 777-300ER from London encountered severe turbulence over the Irrawaddy basin, resulting in one passenger fatality and a diversion to Bangkok.