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Avianca of Colombia Grounds Fokker 50 Turboprop Engines

Avianca has grounded its fleet temporarily Fokker 50 turboprops , following an engine malfunction in Cali.

The airline based in Bogotá, says the fleet grounded as a precautionary measure after making " all appropriate inspections and go through all the safety procedures " with the aircraft, in a statement.

Avianca Airlines Fokker 50
Avianca Airlines Fokker 50

The malfunction occurred before takeoff on a flight from Cali to Tumaco on January 28. The Fokker 50 uses two Pratt & Whitney engines PW127B.

Avianca amended their schedules as a result of the grounding and replace some Fokker 50 flights operated with ATR 72-600 aircraft or Airbus A320 , it says. Available seat miles (ASM ) will be reduced by 0.3 %.

Affected routes include Bogota to Manizales , Armenia, Pasto , Popayan , Florence, Yopal , Barrancabermeja , Neiva and Ibagué and Tumaco to Cali, Pasto and Medellín.
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