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Emergency landing at Keflavík airport

An American passenger jet had to make an emergency landing at Keflavík airport yesterday afternoon.

The pilot was forced to turn one of the engines off due to disturbance in the airplane’s meters, as reported in Fréttabladid.

The Continental Airline jet was on its way from Gatwick airport in London to Newark, New Jersey, on the east coast of the USA.

The aircraft was situated 583 sea miles southwest off the Icelandic coast when the pilot declared emergency and requested landing at Keflavík.

One and a half hour later the plane landed. At the airport emergency services were ready and ships out at sea had been notified of the situation.

Shortly before the landing, the pilot had managed to turn the engine back on. The landing was successful and no one onboard was harmed.

An air mechanic determined that the engine had stopped because of a failure in the airplane’s computer equipment.

After the failure had been fixed and the aircraft had refueled, it lifted off again and continued its journey.

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