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* SriLankan Airlines suffers midair fuel shortage - report
Wed, Jul 7, 2021, 10:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s flag carrier SriLankan Airlines (UL) has suffered a shortage of fuel while on the return leg heading to Colombo from London Heathrow Airport, according to an Airways Magazine report.

The SriLankan flight had to make an emergency landing in the south Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) after being denied by Muscat, the capital of Oman, according to the report.

On July 6, Sri Lankan flight UL-504 operated by an Airbus A330-300 (4R-ALR) departed London Heathrow (LHR) for Colombo, an overnight flight spanning across two continents with a flight time of nearly 11 hours.

During the flight, UL-504 suffered a shortage of fuel. The flight crew sought permission to make an emergency landing at Muscat International Airport (MCT) but it was denied due to weather conditions. After roughly another three hours of flying, the A330 landed in TRV at around 13:30 local time.

After a quick refuel, it was airborne again for a quick 40-min flight back home to Colombo (CMB).


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