* Estonian Air would like to state that the 18.55 Tallinn-Oslo flight on 24 March departed on schedule, but that 12 minutes after take-off there was a change in the parameters of one of the plane’s (the ES-ABG Virmaline) engines which indicated an operating fault.
In accordance with procedure the pilots then switched off the engine, the captain informed the passengers of what had occurred and the plane turned back to the Tallinn Airport. Boeing 737-500 can fly safely with only one operating motor and there was no danger to travellers. The plane touched down again in Tallinn 30 minutes after departure.
The flight to Oslo was effected with a replacement aircraft just before midnight and all those wishing to continue their journey arrived at their destination.
An independent commission has been formed to investigate the details of the case, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Civil Aviation Administration and Estonian Air.
Estonian Air would like to apologise to all of its clients for any inconvenience caused.
All flights will be departing on schedule while the motor of the ES-ABG Virmaline is being changed through the use of a replacement aircraft.