One of Air Iceland’s recently purchased Bombardier Q-400 aircraft had to be turned around on its way from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir, the East Fjords, yesterday, when its hydraulic system malfunctioned. It landed safely at Reykjavík airport.
The plane is one of three used Bombardier aircraft purchased by Air Iceland just over a month ago. The other two planes will be delivered later this spring. This is not the first time the plane is turned around. It had to land at Keflavík International Airport two weeks ago because its flaps were incorrectly adjusted. That time, the aircraft was also on its way to Egilsstaðir from Reykjavík.
Árni Gunnarsson, CEO of Air Iceland, told Vísir that this time, there was a minor leakage in the hydraulic system. He told mbl.is that in mid-March, a generator in one of the plane’s propellers malfunctioned.
The leakage disrupted the airline’s flight schedule yesterday and today, while spare parts were being shipped, according to RÚV. The aircraft had been scheduled to fly not only to Egilsstaðir, but also to Akureyri.
Flights were added to the schedule this morning to make up for canceled ones last night.
This story has been updated with additional information.