Delayed Eurowings flight to Seattle is forced to head back to Cologne


On 24 September, a SunExpress Germany Airbus A330 (D-AXGE) operating for Eurowings and flying from Cologne to Seattle as EW168 supposed to leave at 14:00 (UTC +2) but departed only at 20:15. While the aircraft was crossing over Greenland, the pilots headed back to Cologne.

Due to our late departure, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied the landing at Seattle hence the aircraft headed back to Cologne,” Eurowings announced in a statement.

Bad luck for Eurowings: the previous EW168 flight had already been cancelled two days earlier!


  1. Wasn’t there really a better solution, like flying to Vancouver or San Francisco u til Seattle would grant the authorisation to land?


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