According to flight details, the plane with 165 passengers on board while flying at 23,000 feet over Alonissos, alerted the pilot that a compression valve was not in position.
Despite indications that the pressure in the craft was normal and did not show signs of instability, the pilot, following company protocol, decided to bring the plane to a safe altitude, and to ask permission for an emergency landing.
The pilot brought the plane down to 10,000 feet and headed towards Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens.
Due to heavy air traffic and since the plane did not appear to be in any immediate danger, flight control requested the plane to circle the airport at 7,000 feet until it was given permission to land.
The plane circled the airport three times before landing at noon.
The plane has had a clean flight record without serious problems and was under Greek registry before being sold to Everjets in March.
About Larnaca Comment
Cobalt has not had the best start up in Cyprus and naturally questions are being asked overall about the safety and comfort of travelling with this new airline operating from Cyprus. Logical comparisons are also being made with Helios that suffered the fatal plane crash in 2005. Like Helios bad news for Cobalt will just not go away!
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