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A Mozambican Airlines (LAM) aircraft on the Maputo–Tete route had to return to Maputo International Airport 40 minutes after the start of its flight yesterday.
The aircraft is an apparently recently built Boeing, still without LAM livery, which took off on the TM130 flight to Tete at 07:10 a.m. on Sunday, an hour its scheduled departure. During the 40-minute flight, the plane reportedly “showed difficulties” in its progress towards Tete, which is why the pilot told the passengers what was happening, Flha de Maputo reports.
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” the captain said. “First of all, our sincere apologies for the delay in the departure of Maputo. This was due to maintenance work being carried out on the aircraft (…) We regret to inform that we are returning to Maputo because of an air conditioning malfunction. The air currently in circulation is healthy.”
On arriving in Maputo, passengers were informed that they would depart for Tete at 11:30 a.m. the same morning.Source: Folha de Maputo