A PLANE carrying the German national football team has been forced into an emergency landing after transmitting a distress signal.
The Germans had won 4-0 in World Cup qualification in Iceland on Wednesday before departing Keflavik International Airport at 1am.
The flight then encountered difficulty while mid-air over Scotland and sent out a Code 7700 distress signal.
It is unclear what caused the emergency but the signal declares to air traffic control that a plane must land immediately due to ‘urgency’ or ‘distress’ with either the craft itself or a person onboard.
Following a sharp right-hand turn over Arbroath, the German team landed in Edinburgh and safely exited the plane.
The German FA (DFB) confirmed via Twitter: “Safety first. Safe stopover as a precaution in Edinburgh.
“From there, individual onward and return journeys are planned.”
The charter flight KLJ2703, operated by Klasjet, was flown on a Boeing 737-522 which tracker website Flightradar24 shows carried out eight successful journeys in the past week.
A later DFB tweet added: “We are fine. Safety check on the plane is running…”
The squad, which includes Premier League stars Bernd Leno, Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ilkay Gundogan, was originally due to land in Frankfurt.
But each player will now make their returns home individually.
Source: The Sun