Consumer group says Alitalia to answer for accident

Carpatair flight veers off runway in Rome, injures three

Consumer group says Alitalia to answer for accident

Rome, February 4 - Italian consumer group Codacons said on Monday Alitalia would be questioned regarding a Carpatair flight that veered off the runway in Rome on Saturday, injuring three people. The Romanian plane transporting 50 passengers arriving to Rome from the city of Pisa was carrying out an Alitalia flight. 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. Investigators are probing the accident. 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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