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Balkan Airlines flight makes unscheduled landing in Sofia.

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A technical problem forced a Balkan Airlines Antonov-24 passenger aircraft to make an unscheduled landing at Sofia airport in Bulgaria on 12 February.

The flight was carrying 24 passengers and was en route to Varna, northeast of Sofia, when the pilot noticed an engine malfunction - with warning indicators signalling that oil was leaking from the aircraft's left engine. The aircraft returned to the airport safely and a spokesperson for the airline stated that 'the case cannot be actually considered an emergency landing' according to The Associated Press.

Passengers were transferred to another flight that was already due to fly to Varna.

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