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An Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines Q400 aircraft bound for the northern province of Nampula, was grounded at a stopover at Chingodzi Airport in the central province of Tete because of technical problems detected after landing, AIM news agency reports today.
When the failure was first communicated to the passengers by the flight commander, it was thought that the issue would be resolved in a short time, but passengers in transit who remained on board for about an hour were then ordered to disembark with all their belongings.
Apologising to the passengers, the flight commander explained that the breakdown did not have an immediate solution, as was first thought, and that technicians would need more time to resolve it.
Moments later, a source linked to the management of Chingodzi Airport informed passengers that the Q400 was unable to fly to Nampula for security reasons.
“This plane cannot continue its flight to Nampula. Passengers must remain in the departure lounge while we await a solution from Maputo,” he said. “The only solution that can be expected is Maputo sending another aircraft. Otherwise, we will accommodate you and only tomorrow [Wednesday] will you be able to continue your journey,” he added.
Minutes later, the same source announced that Maputo had no aeroplane to send to Tete, and that the only solution was to accommodate passengers overnight until they could continue their journey on Wednesday.
Most of the passengers were flying to Nampula.
Ethiopian Airlines has been operating on Mozambican domestic routes since 1 December.Source: AIM Moçambique
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