SriLankan aircraft grounded in London

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – State-run SriLankan Airlines said one of its aircraft due from London on New Year’s day was grounded after discovering two technical faults, and most of the passengers re-booked on other flights.

Passengers of SriLankan Airlines UL504 from London were put up in hotels on January 01, until a technical fault was fixed.

But on January 02 after passengers were boarded another fault had been discovered and the aircraft was grounded “for further tests and inspection by aircraft engineers”.

“This is in accordance with SriLankan Airlines’ policy of ensuring that highest priority is given to the overall safety of its passengers and crew at all times,” the airline said in a statement.

“The Airline extends a sincere apology to all its passengers for the inconvenience caused due to this delay.”

SriLankan did not say what type of aircraft was involved, but it is modernising the fleet and gradually retiring older Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft.

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