BA Concorde Hits Engine Problems

10th Mar 2003

A British Airways Concorde is reported to have twice abandoned take-off from a Caribbean airport last weekend after the captain was warned of engine problems.

The supersonic plane, with more than 70 people on board, was leaving Barbados on a flight to London when warning lights told the cockpit crew there was a problem with a booster on one of the aircraft`s engines.

The airline emphasized that there was no danger to passengers and that the plane could have continued its journey to Heathrow in safety.

Questions over the reliability of Concorde have come to the forefront in recent weeks after engine troubles hit two flights to New York. BA has also hinted that it may retire its supersonic fleet earlier than anticipated because of falling demand.

n Saturday`s incident, the aircraft remained in Barbados for repairs and passengers were accommodated on the island or offered alternative flights to the UK.




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