Technical fault forces Emirates aircraft to abort take-off

August 7th, 2008 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 7 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national airline Emirates has announced that an aircraft at Kuwait International Airport was forced to abort take-off because of a technical fault. A spokesman for the Dubai-based airline said the captain of flight number 856 noticed smoke coming out of the rear end of the plane and aborted the take-off Wednesday, the state-run Emirates News Agency reported.

“Preliminary information indicates that the source of the smoke may be the engine exhauster. Investigations are on,” he added.

He also denied allegations of a fire, explosion or an emergency landing as the plane had not taken off at all.

The spokesman said that a passenger who was not on his seat had fallen down and sustained a minor injury. He was taken to a hospital.

Another aircraft was later deployed for the flight.

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