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Angola Airlines flights to Dubai stay grounded after engine drama

State-owned carrier’s Boeing 777 services suspended after Dubai flight makes emergency landing

Angola Airlines flights to Dubai stay grounded after engine drama
A Boeing 777 owned by TAAG was forced to make an emergency landing when one of its jet engines caught fire minutes after takeoff. (For illustrative purposes only)

Flights from Dubai to Angola operated by state-backed
carrier Angola Airlines Company (TAAG) will remain grounded for the foreseeable
future, after a jet was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this month.

Dubai-based
Sharaf Travel, TAAG’s representative in the UAE, said it had “no idea” when scheduled
flights would restart.

A
Boeing 777 owned by the airline was forced to make an emergency landing en
route to Dubai last week when one of its jet engines caught fire minutes after
takeoff.

The
incident, which occurred less than two weeks after another TAAG aircraft
experienced engine trouble in Lisbon, Portugal, prompted the carrier to ground
its Boeing 77 fleet.

"In
the face of two similar incidents in the space of 17 days, TAAG has decided to
suspend all flights for its Boeing 777-200ER fleet for the sake of caution and
international security," TAAG spokesman Rui Carreira told Angolan state
radio station RNA.

"We
will demand a report from the manufacturers of the motor and the plane, General
Motors and Boeing, respectively, who will carry out an investigation to
determine the causes.”

The
airline, which is wholly owned by the Angolan government, was banned from
operating Boeing 777 flights to the European Union airspace until 2007, over
safety concerns.

It
began flights to Dubai in May 2008.

Dubai’s
Emirates Airline launched flights to Angola, Africa’s second largest oil
exporter, in August 2010 and currently operates three services a week.

 

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