The plane safely returned to Phuket yesterday after takeoff and all 249 passengers aboard flight AB7425 exited by the normal stairway, the Berlin-based carrier said today in an e-mailed statement. The airline said the causes are being investigated and that it couldn’t confirm a local news report that there had been an engine fire.
Passengers were supplied with food and drinks upon their return to the Thai city and have been re-booked to their final destinations on flights today and tomorrow, Air Berlin said.
Air Berlin is 29 percent-owned by Etihad Airways and provides code-share flights to the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s hub. Germany’s second-largest airline said Dec. 18 that it agreed to sell a 70 percent stake in its frequent-flier program to Etihad to shore up its balance sheet.
Air Berlin fell as much as 3.3 percent to 1.58 euros and was trading down 2.3 percent at 11:56 a.m. in Frankfurt. The stock has tumbled 36 percent this year, valuing the company at 187 million euros ($247 million).
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