Alitalia suspends Carpatair flights after runway skid

Investigators probing Romanian aircraft

Alitalia suspends Carpatair flights after runway skid

Rome, February 4 - Alitalia on Monday suspended all flights with Romanian partner carrier Carpatair after a flight carrying Alitalia veered off the runway in Rome on Saturday. The Romanian plane transporting 50 passengers arriving to Rome from the city of Pisa was carrying out an Alitalia flight when it lost control and injured three people on board. 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. Alitalia's suspension of Carpatair connections will last throughout an investigation, the Italian carrier said. 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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