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Air Berlin Says Plane Made Emergency Landing in Thailand

Air Berlin Plc said an Airbus A330 plane en route to Abu Dhabi made an emergency landing in Phuket, Thailand, because of an unspecified technical fault.

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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