Merit award winner - (Mawbima)media | best web awards | | Last updated three minutes ago


SriLankan flight makes emergency landing

The windscreen of SriLankan UL 503, carrying 262 passengers and 16 crew members to London, cracked, 33,000 ft in midair, creating a panic situation, Ceylon Today learns.

Ceylontoday, 2014-01-03 07:14:00

SriLankan flight makes emergency landing

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

The windscreen of SriLankan UL 503, carrying 262 passengers and 16 crew members to London, cracked, 33,000 ft in midair, creating a panic situation, Ceylon Today learns.

Spokesperson for SriLankan Airlines, Deepal Perera, when contacted, said the flight was somewhere above Mumbai when the captain detected the crack on the windscreen. The flight made an emergency landing two hours later at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

When asked if it was struck by a bird or if was due to a technical error, Perera said an investigation was on to ascertain the reason behind the crack. "Such things do occur," he said, and added that it was not a major issue.

The passengers were on direct flight to London and UL 503 took off from the BIA at 2:25 p.m. The emergency landing had taken place at 4:20 p.m. Perera added that when the flight returned,the passengers were checked into hotels in the vicinity and boarded on another flight, UL 503 at about 2.00 a.m. The aircraft which was purchased about four years ago, is under repair.

Ceylon FT

Ceylon Finance Today: Central Bank Governor, Ajit Nivard Cabraal last Wednesday intervened to try to solve the crisis which has engulfed the country's tea exporters
Ceylon Finance Today: The current Russian rouble crisis has impacted tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka with a frontline tourism leader predicting a 25-30% drop in arrivals
Ceylon Finance Today: Banks posted their highest increase in their lending rates to 'good' customers after an eight week lull in the week ended Friday (20 December),
Ceylon Finance Today: Sri Lanka has reported phenomenal growth in fish exports where values have increased from Rs 10.6 billion in 2005 to Rs 31.7 billion in 2013.Exports

Focus

Over the past several weeks now, the entire country has been abuzz with the goings on about the upcoming Presidential Election, while the media, social organizations
The political arena in the last week has not been short of entertainment as members of one party crossed over to the other and caused a media frenzy every time
The sun was about to set over the Parakrama Samudraya. The golden rays reflecting on the water, was signalling to us that the day was near at end. A number of people
On Tuesday (16) one hundred and thirty two children went to school and never returned alive. They went to school expecting books and play, and instead met guns,