Onur Air plane leaks fuel at airport

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1 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — A plane operated by Turkish airline Onur Air leaked kerosene shortly before its planned take-off for the Turkish resort of Antalya from Eindhoven Airport on Wednesday morning. "I saw from my office fuel leaking out of one of the wings," the regional airport's director, B. de Boer, told local broadcaster Omroep Brabant.

1 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — A plane operated by Turkish airline Onur Air leaked kerosene shortly before its planned take-off for the Turkish resort of Antalya from Eindhoven Airport on Wednesday morning.
 
"I saw from my office fuel leaking out of one of the wings," the regional airport's director, B. de Boer, told local broadcaster Omroep Brabant.

The plane was still on the loading platform at the time and firefighters took immediate emergency precautions. All 138 passengers and five crew members exited the plane via the normal exits.

The leak was closed soon after and an airport spokeswoman said the cause of the problem is under investigation.

The traffic safety inspectorate IVW has dispatched two investigators and a supervisor to Eindhoven. An IVW spokesman said a considerable amount of fuel was leaked, possibly from the plane's fuel filling point.
 
An Onur Air spokesman could not explain how the incident occurred. "Our technicians are investigating the matter. Only when that investigation is rounded off will we know more. This could happen to anyone," he said.
 
The passengers were gathered together and given assistance by Eindhoven Airport, but it was not immediately certain whether they would be able to depart for Turkey later on Wednesday.

If serious defects are found in the plane, Onur Air said it would deploy a replacement plane. If the problem can be fixed quickly, the passengers may still be able to depart in the same plane.

The incident comes just a week after the Netherlands lifted a flight ban imposed on the airline on 12 May. The ban was imposed after a series of safety incidents.

Dutch and Turkish authorities met to discuss the situation and the IVW agreed to lift the ban based on safety measures Onur Air agreed to take and an action plan drawn up by Turkish safety authorities.

However, the agreement also specified that Onur Air was to remain under intense scrutiny.

The IVW will make contact with Turkish authorities as soon as the results of inquiries in Eindhoven are known.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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