This week, massive winds and bad weather plagued many EU airports like Heathrow, Gatwick London City and Amsterdam. Unfortunately, bad weather is one of the exceptions that make your cancelled and delayed flights unclaimable.
After the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 became the second plane of this model to crash in 8 months, basically the entire world suspended their flights. However, flight delays and cancellations due to plane manufacturing defects are unclaimable (unlike flight disruptions caused by shoddy maintenance). Flyers should still be able to get refunds.
On Tuesday, a Turkish Airlines flight from Brussels to Istanbul was northwest of Sofia when the crew detected loss of oil pressure in the left engine and had to shut it down. The plane diverted to Sofia and landed safely. due to loss of oil pressure. The aircraft drifted down to FL230 and diverted to Sofia for a safe landing on runway 27 about 65 minutes after leaving FL370.
An Air France flight from Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) to Paris Charles de Gaulle was well north of Abidjan when people noticed a loud bang and flames coming out of the left engine. The crew shut it down and returned to land at Abidjan. The passengers were rebooked onto another flight.