SN Brussels flight grounded in Rwanda

22nd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

22 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Rwandan aviation authorities have grounded a SN Brussels Airline jet on the ground at Kigali Airport due to an administrative investigation.

22 February 2006

BRUSSELS — Rwandan aviation authorities have grounded a SN Brussels Airline jet on the ground at Kigali Airport due to an administrative investigation.

SN said the Airbus A 330-300 with 200 passengers was refused permission to depart on Tuesday night.  The plane had been scheduled to fly via Nairobi to Brussels.

A group of passengers has been able to depart with another airline. Others were given accommodation in hotels or spent the night at the Kigali Airport. Passengers have also been stranded in Nairobi.

SN is now seeking a solution with the Belgian Foreign Ministry and aviation authorities. It was not expected that the plane would depart before 5pm on Wednesday.

The Belgian airline said all documents that are legally bound to be on board the plane have been handed over to Rwandan authorities. However, inspectors also asked for other, non-compulsory documents.

When SN could not hand over the documents, Rwandan aviation authorities ordered the plane to stay on the ground.

SN stressed that it operates according to strict Belgian and European guidelines. "Plane maintenance also completely conforms to Belgian and international law," the airline said.
 
"SN greatly regrets this situation and is doing — via Belgian and Rwandan authorities — everything possible to have its operations proceed as normal."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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