Africans who experienced the 1990s are used to airlines nicknamed “Air maybe”. And Senegal is still no exception to the rule. There are the planes which will leave “perhaps”, as last April, those of the Blaise-Diagne international airport in Dakar confronted with the unavailability of kerosene. And there are the planes that have left, which will “perhaps” arrive safely and at the scheduled time. Travelers leaving from Dakar intended to land in Lyon (center-east of the France) this Sunday, even if some superstitious people avoid taking to the air on the anniversary date of September 11…
Air Senegal: behind the scenes of the rescue operation managed by Macky Sall
It was without counting on unforeseen events that Air Senegal’s communication services modestly described as “operational constraints”. The flight was to be direct, it was finally shortened, with Marseille (South-East) as the terminus. The forty travelers impacted were then offered an end to the journey… by bus. But here again, damage occurs: around 3 p.m., a tire bursts, the tourist coach catches fire on the A7 motorway, near the city of Valence (100 km from Lyon), the passengers take refuge behind the slide security, before boarding a vehicle chartered by the assistance. No injuries are reported.
A flight supposed to be direct Dakar – Lyon which finally lands in Marseille.@FlyAirSenegal puts passengers on a Marseille – Lyon replacement bus. The bus just caught fire on the freeway and 0 pick ups at the moment. The friend who sent me this is with 2 children pic.twitter.com/0yMn8BUy53
— MoussM (@c_moustaph) September 11, 2022
Always modest and enigmatic, the community manager of Air Senegal specifies – one would have suspected – that the flights “Marseille-Lyon and Lyon-Dakar HC427” cannot be “carried out according to the usual program”…
Due to an operational constraint, the Marseille-Lyon and Lyon-Dakar HC427 flights could not be carried out according to the usual schedule. https://t.co/dioSFxKiKK
— Fly Air Senegal (@FlyAirSenegal) September 11, 2022
Bad luck upon bad luck? Less than two weeks ago, an Airbus A310 of the same company hit a truck on the tarmac at Barcelona airport. In each incredible episode, the responsibilities deserve to be located – the company accused the ground service agents of the Catalan airport – but the field of aviation is so sensitive, in terms of safety, that the prospects can only read bad publicity.
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After the Dakar-Marseille-Valence-Lyon misadventure, the questions abound all the more as the economic situation of Air Senegal itself resembles a zone of turbulence in full flight. At the end of August, a board of directors reportedly announced a deficit of 60 million euros, colossal debts and a situation of insolvency from which the airline would have escaped only thanks to political intervention. at the highest state level.
It is unlikely that the governance of a Senegalese company caused a tire to burst on a Drôme motorway, but Air Senegal customers need to be reassured. So, at your oars, gentlemen champions of relations public…