France grounds Sri Lankan plane over safetyCOLOMBO - French authorities have grounded a SriLankan Airlines passenger plane at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris following safety concerns, the airline said Thursday.
The Airbus plane was stopped from taking off a week ago and the carrier was "attending to the technical deviations identified" by French aviation safety authorities, SriLankan Airlines said in a statement.
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It said the Colombo-bound passengers were transferred to other flights.
The state-run airline in July announced plans to expand its ageing fleet from 17 to 23 by buying six aircraft to meet increased demand by holidaymakers visiting the island after decades of war.
by Hammoud Mounassar
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