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Wednesday, 12 July, 2000, 22:40 GMT 23:40 UK
Holiday flight crash lands
Hapag-Lloyd Airbus
The plane just made it to Vienna airport
A holiday flight en route to Germany from greece with some 150 passengers and crew on board has been forced to make a crash landing in Vienna after it ran out of fuel.

Twenty-six passengers were injured as the Airbus 310 was evacuated using emergency slides.

Hapag-Lloyd flight HF 3378 reported an emergency 20 km (13 miles) from Vienna, when it lost power in both its engines while over neighbouring Hungary.

The plane managed to reach Vienna's Schwechat airport, where it glided towards the runway.

However, it touched down on the grass apron just before the tarmac and hit some equipment before coming to a halt to one side of the runway.

'Inexplicable'

Hapag-Lloyd Airbus
Passengers evacuated the plane by emergency slide
The plane, chartered by German company Hapag-Lloyd, was flying from Crete to Hannover.

A company spokesman said the plane had simply run out of fuel for "inexplicable" reasons.

But he added that the pilot of the plane was one of their most experienced.

The plane had already suffered one technical problem shortly after take-off from Crete, when the pilot was unable to retract the landing gear and decided to divert the flight to Munich.

None of the injured passengers was seriously hurt, although many were distressed.

An investigation has begun and Hapag-Lloyd has said it will co-operate with the Austrian authorities.

The Hapag-Lloyd Airbus is 10 years old.

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