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German plane makes emergency landing in Croatia

A German plane carrying over 200 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Croatia on Monday. The pilot of the aircraft took no chances when a burning smell was detected in the cabin.

The Condor-owned plane was destined for Frankfurt after departing the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, but was forced to land in Dubrovnik over an hour before it was scheduled to land.

The smell of burning emanated from a kitchen in the rear of the plane, according to the German news agency DPA.

"A Boeing 757-300 belonging to the German company Condor made an emergency landing at the airport of Dubrovnik just before 16:00 [local time, 14:00 GMT]," Marina Haluzan, a spokeswoman for Croatian air traffic control, told AFP.

The passengers and crew were unhurt and able to leave the plane, with a replacement flight set to depart Dubrovnik just after midnight.

The plane was met by ambulances and fire engines, but none were used. The airline has sent a technical team to Croatia to investigate the incident.

ph/msh (AFP, dpa)