A United Airlines Flight Forced to Turn Around After a Toilet Overflowed

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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United Airlines flight UA59 from Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) had to turn around after one of its toilets backed up and began overflowing in flight. The aircraft was near Amsterdam when the pilots made the decision to return.

Raw sewage flowed down the aisle and passengers reported a nauseating smell filling the cabin. Before takeoff, passengers were advised that two of the 10 lavatories on the Boeing 777-300ER were out of service. United was forced to cancel the flight and accommodate passengers the next day (hotel vouchers were provided).

United released the following statement:

On Friday, March 29, United Flight 59 returned to Frankfurt following a maintenance issue with one of the aircraft’s lavatories. The passengers were provided with hotel accommodations overnight in Frankfurt – and were rebooked on a different flight to San Francisco the next day.”

This is not the only time a lavatory has backed up and caused passengers to travel on essentially flying sewers. The American Airlines flight above flew for more than 10 hours with its toilets out of order.

Anthony’s Take: I’m glad the pilots addressed this issue and took the aircraft out of service. I can’t imagine the smell and having to deal with that for a transatlantic flight.

(Featured Image Credit: United Airlines.)

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

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