SriLankan Airlines plane detained in Paris

Sept 29, 2011 (LBO) – A SriLankan Airlines aircraft was detained at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris last Friday after it failed to meet European safety standards, an airline statement said. “Arrangements were also made to assist all passengers to continue their onward journeys on other airlines without much delay,” the airline said. Passengers on the flight were offered alternate flights and another SriLankan Airlines plane was diverted from London to pick up some of them.

The statement said that “certain technical deviations” identified by Safety Assessment for Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) in Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, held up flight UL 564 on September 23 in Paris for “rectification prior to departure”.

It did not say what the technical deviations were.

The SriLankan Airlines technical service provider in Paris, Air France along with SriLankan Airlines engineering staff are currently attending to these technical deviations identified according to strict European technical standards, it said.

“All passengers who were booked on the flight UL564 from Paris have been offered alternate onward flights, so that their travel plans were affected to the minimum, due to antici