Hydraulic problem forces Srilankan airline to return

A Srilankan Airlines Airbus A330-200 (flight UL-564) from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Colombo was forced to return to France today after facing a technical problem.

Flight tracking agencies said that Srilankan Airlines UL-564 was enroute to Colombo over Lake Konstanz about 35nm east of Zurich (Switzerland) when the crew requested to return to Paris Charles de Gaulle due to a hydraulic problem.

Reports said that the flight did not require assistance and it landed safely on Charles de Gaulle’s runway 27L about 65 minutes after takeoff.

Incidentally in September 2011, UL 564 was grounded at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris due to certain technical deviations identified by officials of the Safety Assessment for Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) agency at the Paris airport.

The SriLankan Airlines technical service provider in Paris, Air France along with SriLankan Airlines engineering staff attended to the technical deviations identified according to strict European technical standards, the Airline said in a statement at the time. (Colombo Gazette)