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Landing gear sensors ground Cobalt’s Manchester flight (UPDATED)

Cobalt’s scheduled Sunday morning flight from Larnaca to Manchester that returned to Larnaca airport 15 minutes after take-off, finally departed from Larnaca airport on Sunday afternoon.

From the 136 passengers, 35 chose not to fly with the airline and remained in Cyprus.

The problem-plagued airline’s flight started badly with a five hour delay, originally scheduled for 6am but only managed to take off at 11am, and was then forced to cancel the flight shortly after take-off due to sensors in the cockpit detecting a fault with the landing gear.

A spokesman for the company said that the entire sensor system that had caused the problem had been changed and that the aircraft had performed two test flights in accordance to safety regulations.

According to Sigmalive, passengers remained stranded at the airport without being informed as to the nature of the problem, nor were they informed as to a departure time, expressing their indignation at the delay and the way that they were being treated.

The company spokesman said that the company’s priority was the safety of its passengers, and despite the fact that all the necessary testing is done, “routine problems” that could happen to any airline, occur; delays were inevitable and unfortunately unpleasant for the passengers

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