US bound Norwegian Dreamliner forced to return to Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles was on Monday forced to return to the Swedish capital less than an hour after takeoff due to a fault.

“We had some indication of a fault with the flaps,” Norwegian Air spokesman Daniel Kirchhoff told AFP, without giving further details.

“But Boeing’s technicians have now located the problem and fixed it. The aircraft should be on its way soon again.”

Budget carrier Norwegian Air has been plagued by technical problems with its fleet of Dreamliners, made by US company Boeing, resulting in several delays to transatlantic flights.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner circled over the Baltic Sea for 45 minutes to burn off fuel before making a trouble-free landing at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport just before 1430 GMT.

“We were notified at 1547 (1357 GMT) that the pilot had a problem,” Britt Samuelsson at Swedish aviation emergency services told news agency TT.

“I don’t know if it was because he could not get them in or out, but he did not want to fly all the way without checking it out.”