Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Alitalia refutes fraud query after runway skid in Rome

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© ANSA

Rome, February 6 - Alitalia refuted a commercial
fraud investigation opened Wednesday over a plane that skidded
off a Rome runway while making a landing and injuring three
passengers over the weekend.
The flight was operated by Romanian partner carrier
Carpatair, which the same prosecutors have been investigating
since the incident Saturday.
The Italian airliner is accused of deceiving customers by
selling tickets marked Alitalia which were in fact for a foreign
company.
"We have complied with all the rules," responded Alitalia,
adding that its so-called wet leases and code-sharing practices
are according to industry norms, "just like over 100 other
carriers" who sell tickets on flights operated by partner
airlines.
Following the near disaster Saturday, a passenger told ANSA
that the plane touched down twice before the landing gear bent
out of shape and the aircraft ended up off the runway.
One of the three people hospitalized was said to have
non-life-threatening spinal injuries and the other two pelvic
injuries.
In a statement on Saturday Alitalia said that "strong
winds" drove the plane off the runway.
Several incidents have raised questions about the
Alitalia-Carpatair partnership.
Last month a Carpatair flight from Ancona to Rome made an
emergency landing soon after take-off and in December a flight
from Pisa's airport was stopped on the runway before takeoff
when ground crew noticed it was dangerously leaking fuel as it
taxied in preparation for flight.

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