Norwegian Airline’s Plane Stuck in Iran Awaiting Parts

Norwegian Airline’s Plane Stuck in Iran Awaiting PartsNorwegian Airline’s Plane Stuck in Iran Awaiting Parts

Norwegian Air Shuttle said on Friday one of its Boeing-737s has been stuck in Iran for three weeks after an unscheduled landing due to engine problems, as United States restrictions reportedly create headaches for the airline and possibly passengers.
The aircraft was en route from Dubai to Oslo with 192 passengers and crew members on board when it carried out a "safety landing" in Shiraz in southwestern Iran because of engine trouble on Dec. 14, a Norwegian Air Shuttle spokesman, Andreas Hjornholm, told AFP.
While passengers were able to fly on to Oslo the following day on another aircraft, the Boeing-737 Max has been stuck on Iranian soil where the airline's mechanics are trying to repair it, Hjornholm said.
According to specialized sites such as, the repair work has encountered problems because international sanctions bar the airline from sending spare parts to Iran.
With the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the Trump administration decided to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Norwegian Air Shuttle refused to comment on those reports.
"I can only say that we are working with several options to get the plane back on the wings, and right now we are waiting for our technicians to be able to service the plane and to get it working," Hjornholm said.
The situation could also pose problems for the plane's passengers and crew members, if they want to travel to the US in future.
Since 2015, anyone who has travelled to seven countries, namely Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, since March 2011 is excluded from the US visa waiver program applied to most Europeans.
According to Hjornholm, the passengers and crew on the Dubai-Oslo flight officially entered Iran and stayed overnight at a hotel on Dec. 14 to Dec. 15.
The US Embassy in Oslo was not available for comment.
Last year, former NATO secretary-general, Javier Solana, was refused entry to the US because he had visited Iran for the inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.

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