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NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact CEO Dave Carlstrom at 540-514-2118.



AIR TRAGEDY AVERTED BY QUICK-ACTING PILOT
Cessna 208 Caravan landed safely despite engine failure in southern Sudan.

WARRENTON, VIRGINIA (March 5, 2009): In the afternoon of March 4, a Cessna 208 Caravan operated by Air Serv Limited (ASL) had to perform a forced landing shortly after take off from Maridi, Sudan, when it suffered engine failure. The ASL pilot expertly guided the disabled plane carrying four passengers back onto the runway before eventually coming to a stop off the end of the landing strip.

“The pilot did an excellent job minimizing the potential danger, he reacted calmly and professionally to ensure the safety of his passengers,” said Daniel Latimer, Managing Director of ASL.

The Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority will more than likely lead the incident investigation and may invite other regional and international authorities to participate. ASL, based in Entebbe, Uganda, immediately deployed an assessment team to the scene to secure the aicraft for further investigation. ASL is also cooperating fully with the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.

StandardAero has dispatched an expert representative to examine the failed engine in order to quickly determine the cause of this incident. StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent gas turbine engine and accessories maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities and is fully approved by Aviation Regulatory Bodies and Pratt & Whitney Canada (the engine manufacturer for the Cessna Caravan).

The Cessna Caravan is a single turboprop engine, fixed-gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft built in the USA by Cessna. The airplane typically seats nine passengers, with a single person crew and is currently being operated by over 50 Commercial operators worldwide.

Air Serv Limited, based out of Entebbe Uganda, is a fully owned subsidiary of Virgina-based Air Serv International.

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