SriLankan Airlines operates special flight to replace damaged plane
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said it dispatched a special flight from Colombo to Bangkok Wednesday morning to bring back passengers stranded after the scheduled aircraft was damaged by a baggage cart operated by ground handlers.
A statement said an aircraft engine cowling (outer case) was damaged on the ground at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, resulting in the Bangkok-Colombo Flight UL883 being cancelled.
“The incident took place when a baggage cart operated by the airport’s ground handlers veered into the Airbus A330-300 aircraft on Tuesday night,” it said.
“SriLankan Airlines made immediate arrangements for 32 passengers with onward connections in Colombo to travel on flights of other airlines.”
The airline said the remaining251 passengers were provided overnight hotel accommodation in Bangkok by SriLankan Airlines.
“Another aircraft was dispatched from Colombo to Bangkok within a few hours, to operate a special flight to bring the remaining passengers to Colombo. The flight, UL1423, was scheduled to return to Colombo at 1715 hours (5:15 p.m.) local time on Wednesday 23rd December,” it said. (Colombo/December 23, 2015)