ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A plane carrying nearly 200 tourists from Germany has been diverted to St. Louis Lambert International Airport due to what’s being described as a fuel leak.
The Boeing 767 operated by Condor Airlines developed a fuel leak around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday while en route from Frankfurt Germany to Cancun.
Lambert Airport Spokesperson Jeff Lead says it was the closest airport once the problem was discovered.
Airport spokesman Jeff Lea says the Condor aircraft was carrying about 190 people, who all deplaned safely and are being held in the customs area of Terminal two.
“It looks like those passengers and crew members will be staying in control of customs in that facility, because the airline is unable to bring another aircraft until tomorrow,” Lea says.
Lea says Lambert officials will provide the stranded passengers with food, water, blankets and anything else they need to make their unscheduled stop in St. Louis as pleasant as possible.
Condor Airlines released the following statement:
“Condor flight DE2114 from Frankfurt (FRA) to Cancun (CUN) diverted to St. Louis (STL) and landed on 1:35 pm local time on 15 March 2017. The reason for the diversion was a problem with one of the fuel tanks of the Boeing 767. There were 182 passengers and ten crew members on board. All are well.
The aircraft is currently being examined by maintenance experts. Until their flight continues, the guests will be taken care of by Condor and the staff of the local airport. A replacement aircraft which will perform the onward flight to Cancun is expected in St. Louis at 4.30pm local time on 16 March. It is scheduled to depart St. Louis at 6.30pm local time.
Condor is very sorry about the inconvenience and is doing everything to bring the guests to their destination safely and as soon as possible.
Safety is always the highest priority in aviation. This is part of the standard situations for which our crews are trained regularly.”