SOLOMONS STRATEGIC AIR EXPLAINS EMERGENCY

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Alleges emergency landing relates to faulty indicator light

By Ednal Palmer HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 18, 2011) - Strategic Airlines has explained circumstances surrounding the incident which resulted in Monday’s flight to Brisbane being turned back to the Henderson Airport.

Strategic Airlines yesterday said the problem with the Airbus A320 related to a faulty indicator light.

Strategic Airlines communications officer Heather Jeffery in a statement on behalf of the company said the airbus was carrying 38 passengers and seven crew members.

"The crew advised that 30 minutes into cruise, a rear cargo hold smoke warning indicator light came on in the cockpit," the statement said.

It added in accordance with normal operating procedures, the captain returned the aircraft to Honiara as a precaution.

"An inspection of the cargo hold revealed neither sign nor cause of smoke.

"Engineers are checking the aircraft and will rectify a faulty indicator warning light."

The Solomon Airlines operated flight left Henderson airport at about 5 p.m. and returned to land after 6pm on Monday.

Emergency divisions were alerted and were on standby at the airport when the aircraft landed.

Initial reports were that smoke developed in the cargo hold, a claim which the airline denied.

The airbus was leased to Solomon Airlines to service the route on Sunday, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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