YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The A310 airbus of the Armenian Airlines operating flights from Paris to Yerevan had to swing back and return to Paris to make an emergency landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport on January 10 night only an hour after take-off.
The decision was made after the aircraft’s oxygen supply system failed–Armenia’s Head Department of Civil Aviation said. The plane did not land at the nearest airport as the situation was not actually designated as an emergency.
Sabena Technics Company representatives engaged in the maintenance of the airbus inspected the aircraft. No loss of pressure was revealed in the plane’s cabins which immediately suggested that the airborne computer had failed temporarily. The computer was replaced by a new one and now the flight will be resumed as the flights security service gives permission. About 60 passengers heading for Yerevan were accommodated in a local hotel.
As for the seizure of the same airbus in Paris late last year–according to the same source–Armenian Airlines immediately paid the sum of the debt due and the plane returned to Yerevan the following day. But the Armenian Airlines managers consider the sum of the debt to have been exaggerated and in this view they have filed a counter-claim to the French court demanding that the overpaid sum be returned.