A SWISS Airbus A220-100’s evacuation slide was deployed (by mistake) in Athens. The aircraft, registered HB-JBA, had flown in from Zurich.
The incident occurred on 19 April before departure to Zurich from Athens. The aircraft had landed in Athens at 12:46 local.
The incident, which occurred shortly before departure, resulted in a significant delay on the inbound flight to Zurich. The aircraft was originally scheduled to depart Athens at 13:30, but actually left at 17:03.
The plane has since returned to service, having operated to Porto earlier today.
When asked by AeroNewsX, a SWISS spokesperson responded: "I can confirm that on Sunday, 19 April, a slide was mistakenly deployed before departure at Athens airport. The aircraft has returned to service today with a flight from Zurich to Porto."
Lufthansa Group last week announced that it would continue to fly its reduced schedule until 17 May. SWISS will continue to operate a number of services, flying under its reduced timetable until 17 May. This includes services to a 'select number of European routes from Zurich and Geneva' as well as three weekly long-haul connections between Zurich and Newark.