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Old 4th Aug 2004, 11:48
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Air Malta

LUQA, Malta (di-ve news)--August 04, 2004 - 1115CET--Reacting to Italian media reports highlighted by di-ve.com yesterday, stating that an Air Malta aircraft was evacuated following "fumes onboard" and that there was "a panic", Air Malta PRO Brian Tortell said, "We have followed the issue very closely from the beginning and the information we have in hand clearly refutes the above-mentioned contents of the news item."

This news was reported by Mediaset TV station Italia Uno on its "Studio Aperto" news. The feature may be viewed on line at the Studio Aperto web site under the heading of: "Fumo abbordo. Atteriamo. Ancora Panico a Fiumicino."

In connection with this event, Airmalta on Tuesday at 1500CET issued this press release: "An Air Malta aircraft (9H-ADY) travelling from Corfu to Manchester experienced a technical problem and the captain diverted the flight to Rome's Fiumicino airport. The aircraft landed and passengers descended in the normal fashion. Emergency vehicles were dispatched as a precautionary measure.

There were 179 passengers on the aircraft and 6 crew members.

A relief aircraft and crew were sent to Rome to transport the passengers to Manchester and minimise the inconvenience to passengers caused by the diversion. In Rome the passengers were provided with all the necessary assistance.

In addition, Air Malta's engineering personnel were also dispatched to Rome and the aircraft was subsequently certified clear to fly by both British Airways' and Air Malta's engineers.

Air Malta regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers. The airline wishes to stress that the safety and well being of its passengers and crew is of primary concern at all times."

A relief aircraft and crew were sent to Rome to transport the passengers to Manchester and minimise the inconvenience to passengers caused by the diversion. In Rome the passengers were provided with all the necessary assistance.

In addition, Air Malta's engineering personnel were also dispatched to Rome and the aircraft was subsequently certified clear to fly by both British Airways' and Air Malta's engineers.

Air Malta regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers. The airline wishes to stress that the safety and well being of its passengers and crew is of primary concern at all times."
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