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Soccer News of Wednesday, 23 February 2005

Source: cubagee(radio b.a.r)

Hayatou in flight scare

Caf president Issa Hayatou and other members of the Caf team that came to Aba for the Super Cup match between Enyimba and Hearts of Oak ran into flight problems at the Port Harcourt Airport on Monday after "technical problems" forced a cancellation of their flight to Lagos.

The Bellview plane Resilience with number 5N-BFN which arrived Port Harcourt by 2:00pm, was scheduled to return to Lagos one and half hours later. But the aircraft's automatic system failed soon after landing, shutting down the engines.

A manual system was used to start the plane, and with everything set for take-off, the engines again shut down and the captain was forced to inform passengers that "there was a slight electrical problem, but we are working on it."

A second aircraft was flown in from Lagos to carry the Caf officials and other passengers to Lagos.

"We had to wait for another aircraft to be brought in from Lagos to take us while the engineers worked on the other aircraft," Caf spokesman Habuba Suleiman told reporters Officials of Bellview at the Port Harcourt Airport declined comments on the issue.