Basel team flight makes 2nd emergency landing

Basel’s passage to the Europa League quarterfinals was much

smoother than its flights to and from last-16 opponent Zenit St.


The Swiss team completed an unwanted double Friday when its

charter flight made an emergency landing for the second time in 48


The Basler Zeitung daily says the Hamburg Airways plane’s

landing gear wouldn’t retract after taking off from St. Petersburg,

forcing the plane to circle for two hours before being able to

return to the airport.

On Wednesday, the flight from Basel to Russia made an emergency

stop in Berlin so unwell Egyptian forward Mohamed Elneny would

receive medical treatment.

Basel says the delayed return from Russia has forced the

cancellation of news conferences at home ahead of a Swiss League

match on Sunday against FC Thun.