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Kuwait Airways jet suffers technical issues over London
February 13, 2014, 4:18 pm

A Kuwait Airways flight was forced to turn back to London shortly following take-off after the aircraft suffered hydraulic failure.

According to accident report website Aviation Herald, the Airbus A300-600 performing KU-104 on 11 February was climbing out of the British capital when it encountered technical issues. Within 20 minutes the aircraft was forced to turn back, landing at the city’s Heathrow Airport.

Following a delay of five hours on the ground, the plane took off again, landing at Kuwait City with a total delay of five hours and 45 minutes.

Kuwait Airways is currently in the process of upgrading its fleet, which is one of the oldest in the Gulf.

Earlier this week the airline’s chairwoman Rasha Al Roumi was quoted as saying that a provisional agreement to buy 25 new aircraft from Airbus in a deal worth $4.4bn would be completed without delay, despite an ongoing probe from the country’s parliament.

Lawmakers had voted earlier in February to investigate all contracts signed by the state-owned carrier, which is attempting to push through its largest overhaul since the country was invaded by Iraq in 1990.

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