New Icelandic jet turns back after suspected mechanical failure

An Icelandair 767-300, brought into service this month.

An Icelandair 767-300, brought into service this month. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

A newly delivered Icelandair Boeing 767 turned back to its departure airport shortly after take-off on Monday evening after a flight-deck gauge indicated a landing gear problem.

Shortly after leaving the ground in Boston, USA, a gauge indicated to flight crew that the aircraft’s undercarriage had not properly retracted and the decision was taken to return to Boston. This is according to Iceland spokesperson Guðjón Arngrímsson.

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“Once it the aircraft had landed, it emerged that there was no mechanical problem with the undercarriage. The incident did however call for further checks and it was decided to postpone the flight,” Arn­gríms­son explains.

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