Friday, January 11, 2008

Sri Lankan Airbus damaged in mishap at Frankfurt

Frankfurt - A Sri Lankan Airbus A340 was damaged in an accident at Frankfurt airport shortly before it was due to take-off, police said on Thursday.

The incident happened when a towing vehicle started pulling the SriLankan Airlines plane towards its starting position while an aerobridge for passengers was still attached to it.

The bridge tore a 20-to-30-centimetre gash in the aircraft's fuselage over a length of 14 metres, police said.

The 290 passengers on board had to leave the aircraft and were rebooked on other flights.

Not one was injured in the accident, which occurred on Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the airline said.