SriLankan risks being barred from Europe
The country’s national carrier SriLankan is now running the risk of being barred from Europe, from where the bulk of its income is derived, allegedly due to some negligence on the part of the airline’s engineering division.
Informed aviation sources said unknown to most people here, a SriLankan Airbus A-340 was detained in Paris for nearly nine days last month after civil aviation authorities there discovered lose rivets around its engines. Later after the necessary repairs attended to by Air France engineers, the same aircraft was found to have a fuel leak.
The incident was considered so serious that aviation authorities in Paris did not even permit SriLankan to ferry back the plane empty, which is normally allowed. The result was that in addition to stomaching the embarrassing discovery, the airline had to foot a costly repair bill, the huge loss from an idling plane and having to find accommodation and alternate flights for passengers who were waiting to fly the aircraft.
Already a number of Asian carriers are barred from flying to Europe for safety and other violations including Pakistan’s PIA, Indonesia’s Garuda and the Philippino national carrier, along with a large number of African airlines.
The Island learns that since the incident the Lankan carrier is virtually on notice and safety audits, which were earlier random, are now almost mandatory for SriLankan flights touching Western European capitals.
There are, however allegations that this is part of a wider Western conspiracy to discredit Sri Lanka since the safety check that allegedly discovered loose rivets had been carried out exactly on the day President Rajapaksa addressed the annual sessions of the UN General Assembly on September 23.
But others dismiss this theory, since the incident was not leaked to the media.
Sources said following this incident the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had demanded the sacking of the engineer who had passed the aircraft.
SriLankan engineering sources said instead of holding the higher ups responsible the carrier had penalized an engineer who had carried out the line check on the aircraft Shanaka de Silva, by taking away his power of approval. The problem should have been spotted not during the line check, but during the more important A-check, which is carried out inside the hangar.
When The Island contacted the President of the Engineers Union Anura Wickramarachchi, he declined to comment and said the matter was being probed the Quality Assurance Section. Wickremarachchi also asked us to get an official comment from the carrier’s Corporate Communications Division, but despite making repeated attempts we could not contact anyone in the division during the last three days.
We also made repeated attempts to contact the Head of the SriLankan Engineering Division Priyantha Rose since Friday, but we were always told he was not available and the officers who answered the engineering division telephone also refused to give us his cell phone number or the residence number.
Courtesy: The Island
It’s high time…that the Sri-Lankan Airline takes its safety procedures so seriously to prevent any disaster from happening.
Instead of Checking the Rivets in the Engine…now every tom dick and harry involves anything and everything to politics…to save themselves.
As an individual who flies out to many destinations…I wonder why I have been so reluctant to take my chances in the Sri-Lankan Airlines….
God forbid…if any disaster occures due to neglegence..I wonder how much the Government would compensate the victim’s families….?
Sure government cronies would escape by giving 100,000 silly rupees and pocket the balance to build their wealth until they suck the blood out of this Country…
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Sri Lankan airlines is boasting more than their capacity. Withuot any reason they are making price hikes. From the begining of a reservation they want to show that there are no seats available. But three or four days before the flight is about to close, the seats are available again. Sri Lankan airlines thinks that they are the best in the word class, but they are nothing when compare with other airlines. Anyway now time has come to pay the price. We will use this oppotunity to avoid pasagers from travelling with Sri Lankan airlines.
Soon they will learn something new.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
THat sounds very patriotic coming from a sinhalese with a name like Dayaratne Bandara. We are not sure if the safety incident was a attack aimed at crippling our national airlines. So why are we so quick to condemn our own national airline and threaten to fly other airlines. You want the ariline to be the best and you also want the airline to be cheap. My friend when you pay Pea nuts you only get monkeys. So don’t expect Srilankan Airlines to raise their standards and reduces their prices. AS for the tactics of saying their are no seats and later having seats available, this is what most airlines do. So stop complaining and stand behind our national pride. The fact that many asian airlines are not allowed in Europe and we still fly there says something.
Rather than going out of our topics, it’s good to talk about what is the cause of this debate. Infact everyone is patriotic be it any cast, sect or religion…we all are Sri-Lankan….at the end of the day.
Our point is, safety of an Air-line is an extremely important thing as Monkeys dont fly in the Air-craft but humans like you and me. Let us imagine ourselves we are in that doomed air-craft with a loosen bolts or Rivets in the Engine….and then imagine what would be the destination of those Passengers?
“Streight to Heaven or Hell…..”
Just a small human error or negligence may cause a lifetime disaster for hundreds of families….
And the “so called patriotic Air-Line” of ours must think about that before trying to save money or making profits…
I would not be surprised if this is a wider conspiracy on the part of France and UK etc (imperial West countries) to malign SL Airlines, which is a good airline, in order to hit tourism as well as block a good foreign exchange generator.
I would not be surprised if the diaspora LTTE are also behind this to sabotage the plane by loosening the rivets and loosening the fuel line to cause a leak. Hence, SL Airlines need to strengthen security around its aircrafts at all destinations around the world.
This is our national airline. We should unite to support it against diaspora Tamils/LTTE conspiracies with imnperial West countries to hit SL from income generation through our airline and tourism. We have to be wary of more conspiracies to come to hurt SL, to affect its economy, which is becoming the envy of Europe whose economies are struggling. Greece, Portugal and Ireland are prevented from becoming bankrupt through IMF loans and severe austerity measures, which are naturally unpopular with the peoples in these countries. People in Greece have taken to the streets in protest rallies. Where will it all end? Repression of the people in Greece will not be frowned upon by imperial West as happened in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and now in Syria. Severe repression of protestors by the governments of Bharain and Saudi Arabia are not decried by the UN and the imeprial West as these governments are their friends. The imperial West next target is Syria, because it is oil-rich and an enemy of imperial West. After that they will target Iran.
don’t try to be a monkey you donkey
Why are you so sarcastic??Why do you relate this to politics.This is purely the fault of the Engineers who are not doing the job properly what they are paid for,so they should be punished.Think of the human lifes they were prepared to risk?I have used this airlines more than 100s of times and I have seen how they operate.Their only main concern is making lots and lots of money not passenger safty.
Sisira wants put his uneducated label on his forehead by himself. We don’t want to go for any debate with these kind short minded people.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
It’s the habit of majority of our people to divert attention to unnecessary things than sticking to the point…
Everyone behaves like polticians..nowadays…
When we talk about bolts…here comes someone to talk about “Balls” — God knows which Balls they refer…
For each and every thing…we blame someone else than admitting our own mistakes…
What a waste of energy…
Well all you guys who have got your” knickers in a knot” I menat cheap thing no good ,good thing no cheap.If you can not understand a simple parable like that then you should be writing in sinhalese. I agree with NIcholas that this could easily be a conspiracy to damage of our National airline. Banda you are the one who was taliking out of the point. The subject was the safety issue which we are not sure is legitimate but you were goig on about Sril Lankan air line’s attitude and their sales tactics and threatening to encourage every one to stop flying our national air line becuase of their attitude and the price. I suppose it is typical of our people to call our selves Srilankans and then at the same time sell our country to the highest bidder. If there is a safety issue then we should try to get that sorted out and hope for the best so that we can have a national carrier. If our national carrier fails then this will effect our economy and our kids in the future.
If you have used the airline hundres of tmes then you are qualified to comment on the service. My qestion is how many times did the Sri Lanmka Airways flight return back to Colombo due to engine trouble. Was it once, twice or 10 times.Did you find the service inadequate. Did you find the aircraft uncomfortable.If you have had bad expieriences a few times then I would say we have a problem. But then again all aircrafts are checked by the safety autharities in other countries(especially from third world countries)so we the fact that we are still flying to other parts of the world must mean that Srilankan is a safe airline in contrast to what you guys are saying. Come on man the grass always seems greener on the other side but it really is not.You should know that.
Roshn, If you have used the airline hundres of tmes then you are qualified to comment on the service. My qestion is how many times did the Sri Lanmka Airways flight return back to Colombo due to engine trouble. Was it once, twice or 10 times.Did you find the service inadequate. Did you find the aircraft uncomfortable.If you have had bad expieriences a few times then I would say we have a problem. But then again all aircrafts are checked by the safety autharities in other countries(especially from third world countries)so we the fact that we are still flying to other parts of the world must mean that Srilankan is a safe airline in contrast to what you guys are saying. Come on man the grass always seems greener on the other side but it really is not.You should know that.
I hope this also not blamed on MR like every thing that goes wrong in the country.
DEAR FRIENDS, LET THIS MATTER HANDLE BY SRI LANKAN AIR LINE.BETTER YOU PEOPLE MANAGE YOUR OWN THINGS.