All 166 passengers on board an Air Condor Airbus, forced to make an emergency landing at Palma airport just after take off on Friday night, returned home to Germany safe and sound yesterday. The flight to Cologne was one of the last to take off from Son Sant Joan of Friday at 11.30, but as the aircraft was taking off, the pilot noticed that the left engine was not working properly and decided to return to Palma airport. The plane had to spend some 20 minutes circling Majorca, in accordance with international air safety laws, to burn off fuel before landing. The airport put its emergency plan into action with a team of 12 fire fighters on hand just in case. The emergency services were also alerted. However, within minutes of landing, all the passengers disembarked, only one needed to be treated for nerves. All were taken to the terminal while the aircraft was inspected. Airport sources said that a bird, possibly an owl, could have caused the fault. Once all 166 passengers had calmed down, they were given dinner and eventually took off on another Air Condor plane bound for Cologne.

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