SriLankan flight makes emer­gency land­ing at Kun­ming

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

ASriLankan Air­lines flight (UL 829) do­ing its fi­nals to land at the Kun­ming In­ter­na­tional Air­port in China was forced to abort after the flaps mal­func­tioned. After car­ry­ing out emer­gency drills, the Air­bus A 320 pi­lot later made an emer­gency land­ing. Fire en­gines and res­cue crew were on standby. Since then, the air­craft re­mained on ground un­til spares were flown down from a sup­plier in China. It re­turned to Colombo only on Thurs­day, that too with­out pas­sen­gers. Dur­ing its on­ward jour­ney, the Air­bus A 320 which could carry 150 pas­sen­gers had only half that num­ber.

The flaps are lo­cated at the edge of each wing, usu­ally be­tween the fuse­lage and ailerons and have to ex­tend out­ward to be put into use. They are in­tended both to gen­er­ate more lift at slower air speed for take-off and also more drag to slow down much faster upon land­ing.

SriLankan au­thor­i­ties have de­cided that the Colomblo- Kun­ming sec­tor should be ter­mi­nated from March, next year.

Kun­ming, China’s south­ern Yu­nan Prov­ince’s mod­ern cap­i­tal city, is a trans­porta­tion hub.

SriLankan is also to can­cel flights from Colombo to the Gan Is­land, the south­ern­most Addu atoll in the Mal­di­vian ar­chi­pel­ago in March next year. A re­port in these col­umns about a flight on this route by seven pas­sen­gers and nine crew mem­bers drew the at­ten­tion of a Gov­ern­ment VIP.

He sought de­tails of the flights con­ducted in the pre­vi­ous months and di­rected that the flight should be ter­mi­nated.

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