Lufthansa MD-11 Freighter Engine Shuts Down in Flight

Photo: David Rogers

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A Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter, performing flight from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to New York JFK (USA), engine shut down in flight.

  • Aircraft was enroute at FL320 about 230nm southwest of Faroe Islands when the crew reported a problem with one of the engines (CF6).
  • The aircraft turned around to return to Germany, initially descended to FL290, later descended to FL210, climbed again to FL250 and diverted to Cologne (Germany).
  • At some point the crew needed to shut the engine down. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on two engines on runway 14L about 3.5 hours after leaving FL320.
  • The flight was cancelled.