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A SriLankan Airlines flight travelling from Bangkok to Colombo had returned to Suvarnabhumi Airport soon after takeoff as the aircraft’s cabin had filled with smoke due to a malfunction in the air conditioning system.

In a statement, the Airline said today that the aircraft had landed safely at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and that the passengers and crew members were not injured.

The Flight UL 891 had departed from Bangkok at 2209 hours (Bangkok time) and the smoke was detected 19 minutes after takeoff.

“The operating crew immediately took steps to shut down the air conditioning system and requested urgency to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Upon landing safely, the pilot took the decision to disembark all passengers at a remote bay onto the tarmac using passenger disembarking steps which is an industry standard safety practice,” the statement said.

It said the aircraft engineers at the Airport had rectified the fault and the aircraft was cleared to fly after a thorough inspection.

The Flight had finally departed Bangkok at 0337 hours on Friday with 235 passengers and landed at Bandaranaike International Airport at 0525 hours. “Another 30 passengers were rerouted to the next available flight which arrived in Colombo today at 1100 hours,” it said.

The airline commended the crew of the flight, who were led by a captain with over 25 years flying experience, for handling the situation.

“SriLankan wishes to reiterate that the Airline always maintains the highest safety standards the industry requires and considers the well-being of the passengers its foremost priority which under no circumstance will be compromised,” the statement said.

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  • Ravi Friday, 08 April 2016 05:17 PM

    Time to sell this to private company ha ha ha

    Mr Facts Friday, 08 April 2016 05:46 PM

    How old was the aircraft in question? Most planes are pretty old ones.

    Lal Saturday, 09 April 2016 04:44 AM

    It's not but age but lack of maintenance.

    Lal Saturday, 09 April 2016 04:45 AM

    It did well as joint venture with Emirates in past just read Wikipedia

    Asoka Wednesday, 13 April 2016 03:01 PM

    කොහෙද මේ අපේ මහින්ද රජතුමා හෙන්චයියොත් දාගෙන ටැක්සි වගේ ලෝකේ වටේ ගියාට ඕවයේ තෙල් වතුරවත් වෙලාවක් තිබුණය ?

    prasad Monday, 11 April 2016 11:23 AM

    I flew 6 sectors on Sri Lankan Airlines in January-March this year. In 2 of the 6 flights, A/C had malfunctioned and passengers were sweating. We need people like Peter Hill again, to manage the airline.

    Rizwan Saturday, 09 April 2016 09:45 AM

    Thanks to MR regime who enjoyed the maximum from our national carrier. People who couldn't run an Airline asking "Give me the country again I will run"

    Meerasahib Wednesday, 13 April 2016 05:21 PM

    Thanks for valuable news

    jayanta jayaratna Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:06 PM

    AS A SRI LANKAN I LIKE MY GOUNTRY THE MOST AND IN THE SAME WAY I LOVE MY PARENTS...BUT I DO NOT TRAVEL IN UL AS IT IS MANAGED BY THOROUGHLY INEFFECTIVE INEFFICIENT ORGANISATION AND I CARE FOR MY LIFE!WITH CORRUPT POLITICIANS ,SRI LANKAN GOVT IN POWER OF WHATEVER POLITICAL PARTY CANNOT MANAGE A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE,MARA PROVED THIS BY RUINING ALL GOVT BUSINESS ENTERPRISES..ENTIRE NATION CURSE HIM.HE DISCONTINUED EMIRATES WHEN UL WAS MANAGED PROFESSIONALLY FOR A SILLY REASON AS HIS"CATCHERS"WERE NOT PROVIDED WITH SEATS WITH NO NOTICE AS HE THOUGHT UL IS HIS PRIVATE PROPERTY GIVEN BY HIS FATHER.TO SAVE SRI LANKAN AIRLINES FROM BANKRUPTCY ,IT SHOULD BE PRIVATISED OR MANAGE BY PUBLIC-PIVATE PARTNERSHIP.

    Mr Sam Monday, 18 April 2016 10:42 AM

    These were the very signs when they wanted to privatize the airline during Chandrik's government. The writing is on the wall once again.


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