The plane carrying the German national soccer team declares a state of emergency over Scotland and has to land in Edinburgh

  • The plane landed at 29,000 feet about five kilometers west of Arbroath. in trouble
  • It turned southwest and then took 20 minutes to land in the Scottish capital at 4 a.m.
  • It was not yet clear what sparked the sudden drama when the plane was damaged

A plane carrying the German soccer team declared an air emergency over Scotland this morning and had to land at Edinburgh Airport.

The plane got into trouble at 29,000 feet about three miles west of Arbroath on the east coast and made a sharp turn to the west.

It then took 20 minutes to land in the Scottish capital and the plane continued to declare the emergency until it was grounded.

It was not yet clear what caused the sudden drama if the plane was damaged in any way.

The team had returned to Frankfurt from Reykjavik (pictured last night) after beating Iceland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier

Flight plans showed the planned route of the plane from Reykjavik to Frankfurt and its diversion

Flight plans indicated that Klasjet flight KLJ2703 (file photo of the aircraft) made an abrupt turn between Dundee and Arbroath and descended rapidly

Flight plans indicated that Klasjet flight KLJ2703 (file photo of the aircraft) made an abrupt turn between Dundee and Arbroath and descended rapidly

The team had returned to Frankfurt from Reykjavik after beating Iceland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Among the stars who played, who were probably on the run, were Timo Werner and Antonio Rüdiger from Chelsea and İlkay Gündoğan from Manchester City.

Flight plans indicated that Klasjet flight KLJ2703 made an abrupt turn between Dundee and Arbroath and was descending rapidly.

The plane, a Boeing 737, is said to be a “screeching 7700” – which means that its transponder reports an emergency.

It arched around Dunfermline and Falkirk before landing safely in Edinburgh around 4 a.m. UK time.

Among the stars who played, who were likely on the flight, were Timo Werner von Chelsea (pictured) and Antonio Rüdiger Pictured: Antonio Rüdiger

Stars who played, who were probably on the flight, included Timo Werner von Chelsea (left last night) and Antonio Rüdiger (right last night)

The Boeing 737 was flying over the far east of Scotland when it suddenly diverted to Edinburgh

The Boeing 737 was flying over the far east of Scotland when it suddenly diverted to Edinburgh

An altitude and speed graph shows how the aircraft slowed down and crashed before landing

An altitude and speed graph shows how the aircraft slowed down and crashed before landing

The team’s official account tweeted: “#infotweet. Safety first. Safe stopover as a precaution in Edinburgh. From there, individual onward and return journeys are planned. ”

A follow-up message said: “We’re fine. Security checks on the aircraft will continue. ‘

The flight took off from Reykjavik International Airport at 1.05 a.m. local time (2.05 a.m. BST).

The German soccer team, Edinburgh Airport and Klasjet have been asked to comment.