The Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200, which had already encountered engine problems last month, had to stop flying to Rwanda and return to Brussels (Zaventem) after a computer anomaly. The airline assures that “at no time, the safety of passengers has been endangered,” and that this incident is “in no way related to the problem of contaminated kerosene” occurred in December.
The flight to the Rwandan capital Kigali left Friday two hours behind schedule. The plane made a U-turn to land at Brussels Airport around 14:00.
“One of the computers was displaying an error signal,” said Brussels Airlines spokeswoman Maaike Andries. “There are several computer systems and the error signal only appeared on one computer,” she said.
According to Brussels Airlines, this incident has nothing to do with the engine problems that occurred on December 11th during a flight between Kinshasa and Brussels. The left engine of the aircraft had then stopped unexpectedly during the flight, before being turned back on. By then, the right engine had in turn had some problems as Brussels approached. The plane finally landed safely in Belgium.
Tests later revealed that the problem of the left engine was related to a computer concern but also that “contamination of kerosene” was at the root of the malfunctions of the right engine. The aircraft remained on the ground for more than two weeks before conducting first a test flight at the end of December, which was uneventful.