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Cobalt flight departs after turnaround – Update

Cobalt says puts safety first after delays

 The Cobalt air flight that departed for Manchester at 11.10am on Sunday and returned to Larnaca airport some 50 minutes later after the captain noticed a problem during take-off concerning the response of a sensor during the retraction of the aircraft’s wheels, has finally left for its destination at 6pm.A spokesman for the air carrier said that it was not a technical problem but rather a technical routine issue and that it was a matter of precaution.

According to twitter reports, the airplane was circling for 45 minutes over Larnaca airport to burn off fuel and landed at around 12pm.

“During take -off, the captain noticed that one of the gear sensors was not responding. The wheels were fully functioning, but he deemed it was best to return and have it thoroughly checked,” Cobalt’s chief corporate officer Philokypros  Roussounides told the Cyprus Mail.

He reiterated that the company’s motto is “safety first” despite additional costs and delays.

“Our captains have clear instructions to land at any cost at the nearest airport in order to make necessary checks if they deem it is necessary,” Roussounides said.

The flight finally departed at 6pm after the sensor in question was replaced.

The flight was initially scheduled to fly to Manchester at 6am, but it departed at 11.10am instead following a delay in the company’s flight schedule caused by an emergency landing of another Cobalt flight flying from Thessaloniki to Larnaca on Saturday but which landed at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International airport, after encountering cabin decompression problems. Saturday’s flight was with an Airbus 320, operated by Everjets on behalf of Cobalt.

“The plane was flying over Athens at the time, and the captain deemed best to land at the airport there to have it checked,” he said.

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