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Varna Airport Open for Business

Business | May 25, 2013, Saturday // 11:24| Views: 2123 | Comments: 0
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Varna Airport Open for Business: Varna Airport Open for Business Photo by BGNES

The airport in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna is open for business and has resumed its normal schedule, the management announced Saturday.

The airport was closed Friday after an incident with a plane of the Air Via carrier.

Strong winds and heavy rains veered the airplane out of the runway, injuring two passengers, authorities said.

According to initial information, inclement weather forced the pilot of the plane to land too near to the far end of the track and he just needed more space to stop.

Two elderly women - a Bulgarian and a German - have been slightly injured.

They are aged 71 and 81 respectively. The women have broken limbs and are currently treated in a local hospital.

The accident took place at 10:19 am EET on Friday.

The Air Via airplane was carrying out a charter flight from Leipzig with a total of 172 passengers aboard. They were mostly German tourists, coming on vacation to Varna beaches.

Varna airport was closed Friday with all incoming and outgoing flights redirected to the airport in Burgas.

Two teams have been dispatched from the capital Sofia to investigate the incident.

Caretaker Transport Minister, Kristian Krastev, has ruled out human error.

The Air Via management said they will offer full support and cooperation in the probe.

The Bulgarian company has operated for 23 years now. It uses new Airbus A320 craft, and all of its planes are up to three years old.

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