Wednesday, June 5, 2013

► TOGO: Benin-based trader comes to rescue of broke Mauritania Airlines flight left stranded in Lomé, Togo.

Mauritania Airlines logoPassengers on board a Mauritania Airlines International (L6) flight, L6101, from Nouakchott to Abidjan via Bamako, Mali, on Monday June 4, were left to fend for themselves after their flight was diverted to Lomé, Togo following poor visibility and bad weather in the Ivorian capital.

Mauritania Airlines International
Mauritania Airlines International (ADurand)
According to Mauritanian newswire, Cridem, after the weather in Abidjan cleared, clearance was given by Lomé Tokoin departure control to proceed with the journey, only for the crew to discover that it had no funds to pay for the aircraft's refuelling with suppliers refusing to take credit.

The report goes on to state that "throughout the morning, passengers were left on their own without any help from the carrier". Eventually, however, help came in the form of a Mauritanian trader from Cotonou, Benin who paid off the fuel bill thereby allowing the aircraft to continue on its way.