Air carrier Linhas Aéreas de Angola suspends flights using Boeing 777-200 aircraft

27 December 2010

Luanda, Angola, 27 Dec – Angolan airline Linhas Aéreas de Angola (Taag) Thursday decided to suspend all its flights using its fleet of Boeing 777-200s following two similar incidents within the space of 17 days, the company said in a statement issued in Luanda.

The statement from Taag also said that the airline had contacted US companies Boeing and General Electric, respectively the manufacturers of the aircraft and its engines, which have launched an investigation into the causes of the incidents.

The first incident with a 777-200 aircraft occurred in Lisbon on 6 December, when an aircraft carrying 122 passengers made an emergency landing at Lisbon Airport due to a vibration in the right-side engine.

On 23 December another of the airline’s aircraft of the same model travelling from Luanda to Dubai with 32 passengers and 13 crew on board, recorded an unexpected failure of the right-side engine, a minute after takeoff and the pilots decided to turn back. (macauhub)