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Airplane Failed to Land at Keflavík

By Iceland Review

Due to windy conditions, an Icelandair Boeing 757 airplane, returning to Iceland from the Canary Islands, was forced to land at Egilsstadir, east Iceland, after two failed attempts to land at Keflavík International Airport on Friday evening.

“The situation on board was terrible. Everyone was screaming and my little girl, who is two-years-old, vomited all over herself,” passenger Lilja Björk Eysteinsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

Most passengers were very frightened because the wind caused the aircraft to shake and some criticized the pilots for not explaining that they were not making an emergency landing and that the airplane had not suffered any damage until they had turned the airplane around to land at Egilsstadir.

Information officer for Icelandair Gudjón Arngrímsson said the passengers had not been in danger at any point but that medical service and crisis counseling had still been offered at Egilsstadir.

Some of the passengers decided to stay in Egilsstadir for the night instead of flying with a domestic airplane to Reykjavík. Others decided to drive.

Thorkell Ágústsson, manager of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, said there is no reason to investigate the incident.

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