Budget airline in court over safety
[26th May 2008]
Low cost airline Flyglobespan is being taken to court by the CAA following an alleged breach of safety on a New York flight.
This is the first time in a decade that the Civil Aviation Authority has taken an airline to court over such an issue. The charge relates to a flight to New York from Liverpool airport last June.
On taking off from New York JFK airport to Liverpool both engine pressure ratio gauges on the Boeing 757 being operated by Flyglobespan are said to have failed. The gauges measure engine thrust during take off.
The plane should have been grounded when it reached Liverpool airport, but Flyglobespan is said to have authorised it to fly back to New York. The plane was then grounded, but the issue was not reported to the CAA within the statutory four days.
Two managers at Flyglobespan are believed to have been replaced following the incident. The airline now faces an unlimited fine when it goes to court in July.
Flyglobespan axed flights to New York JFK and to Toronto in Canada from Liverpool airport last October just five months after they were launched.
The CAA also temporarily suspended the airlines ETOPS licence over undisclosed issues. Without the licence flights have to remain within an hour of land in case of an emergency.
Flyglobespan is owned by Scottish multi-millionaire Tom Dalrymple and offers low cost flights from a number of UK airports including Glasgow, Gatwick and Manchester.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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