Three aircraft suffer glitches

Three aircraft, operated by different Greek companies, were grounded over the weekend due to technical problems. On Saturday, Greek aviation officials banned charter firm Alexandair from sending a plane to France to collect passengers bound for Crete but gave no reason for their decision, according to Agence France-Presse. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 had been due to leave Rennes for Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport before flying to Iraklion. Passengers were reassigned to other aircraft. The 126 passengers aboard yesterday’s Olympic Airlines Flight 336 were delayed for several hours in Larnaca as the Boeing 737 due to take them to Thessaloniki underwent repairs for a technical problem. The aircraft eventually took off safely. Unconfirmed sources referred to a problem with the aircraft’s air-conditioning system. Yesterday’s Aegean Airlines Flight 277 for Athens from Chios was obliged to turn back shortly after takeoff when an electrical problem stirred fears of an engine malfunction. It landed on Chios safely and the 100 passengers were transferred to another craft. The cause of the fault was not clear yesterday.

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