16 people were injured, three of them in critical condition and hospitalized Saturday night after a plane with 50 people on board belonging to the Romanian company Carpatair that make a domestic flight Alitalia, missed the landing and left the track in Rome Fiumicino Airport.
The plane, a ATR 72, which carries the colors of Alitalia and off from Pisa at 18.15 GMT (20.15 GMT) with 46 passengers on board and four crew members are on grass and is slightly tilted on one side, with broken landing gear, announced firefighters and port authorities, cited by AFP.
The most seriously injured of the three people hospitalized is a member of the Romanian crew, aged 30 years, who suffered trauma to the spine, without them life would be jeopardized, according to the press. Problem accusing another person seriously injured in the pelvis.
Several investigations were launched by the Italian National Agency for Flight Safety, Alitalia and Prosecution of Civitavecchia, in order to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. Based on the first items collected, the two hypotheses are privileged adverse weather conditions – strong gusts of wind and rain – which made it difficult landing or pilot error.
Recalling the “difficulty landing due to strong wind gusts that caused exit track” Alitalia announced on Saturday evening, in a statement, suspending “all flights operated by Carpatair routes from Pisa and Bologna” to Rome.
Rome-Fiumicino airport remained opened to traffic, but one runway was closed.
“During the landing, the plane touched the ground twice with violence. A second time his landing gear collapsed and the aircraft came off the track,” said a passenger agency Ansa visibly traumatized. He admitted to was “very scared”, adding that some passengers “I think I’ll die and began to scream.”
According to Italian media partnership between Alitalia Carpatair is very controversial in recent months following several incidents.
On January 22, an airliner, which provides a link Rome-Ancona, was forced to make an emergency landing at Ancona, immediately after takeoff. On January 5, a plane took off from Ancona was turned back due to pressurization problems that forced the passengers to use oxygen masks.
On 10 January, the company has denied in a statement, a lack of reliability, denouncing a “media campaign” fueled by “unions of pilots’ unhappy partnership with Alitalia.
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In addition to lines Ancona-Rome, Pisa, Rome, Carpatair also provides the link Rome-Bologna since January.
“We are impressed with the number of faults and problems facing the company. Moreover, I alerted the civil aviation authorities, but have not received a response,” said Marco Veneziana, national secretary of the union Uil Trasporti, for SkyTg24 TV channel.
Carpatair won in February 2012, a tender for the provision of certain domestic flights Alitalia, two ATR 72-500 aircraft 70 seats each.