Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Three ATCL planes grounded

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Three out of five Air Tanzania Company's Limited (ATCL) planes have been grounded due to major technical faults, a factor which has disrupted its domestic schedules. Sources within ATCL's told the 'Daily News' yesterday that the planes have been grounded at different airports in the country.

They said that the national flag carrier was now operating with an Air Bus and a Boeing 737 which are also due for major maintenance and overhauling termed "check C". The sources said that it would take several days for the three planes to be airborne, particularly the Boeing 737 which needed an engine change.

A Boeing 737 is stuck at Mwanza Airport and one of the two Dash 8 Q300 aircraft is grounded at Zanzibar International Airport, while the other at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. Sources said that the Boeing 737 required engine change which had already been ordered from the lessee, who was in turn scouting for one in various markets.

Read full story in Daily News.

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