A LOT-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to land unexpectedly at Keflavík Airport in Reykjavík on Sunday due to air identification system faults, revealed a spokeswoman for the carrier.
The plane was flying to the Polish capital, Warsaw, from Toronto when it had to land in Iceland. The spokeswoman said the aircraft was forced to land because of a fault in its air identification system. Due to this fault, she explained, the Norwegian authorities denied permission to fly in its air space despite the fact that other countries gave the aircraft permission to fly in their air space.
State-owned LOT has suffered operating losses for a number of years, and the latest incident will serve only to add to their problems. Last week, the airline had to delay flights when check-ups showed two aircrafts lacked gas filters.
LOT is now demanding compensation from Boeing for lost revenue and will take the company to court if a compensation agreement hasn’t been reached by the end of 2013.
The spokeswoman revealed that LOT sent two planes to Keflavik Airport in order to transport the stranded passengers to Warsaw, while Boeing has a service company working on solving the problem so that the Dreamliner can fly back to Poland in the near future.