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Burkina Faso Government Suspends Air Burkina Chief

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Burkina Faso Government has removed Air Burkina MD effective immediately, following an engine fire incident involving the sole Air Burkina’s aircraft, and announced by the government spokesperson on April 27, 2022.

The general manager of the national airline Blaise Sanou “was relieved of his duties with immediate effect”, following an incident that occurred three days earlier.

The previous Sunday, the images of the fire (quickly brought under control and without causing any injuries) of an engine of the Embraer 195 registered XT-ABV, awaiting departure for Dakar at Ouagadougou’s, Thomas Sankara airport, had made the tour of the web – and above all deprived Air Burkina of its last active plane.

An Air Burkina type E195 aircraft experienced a technical problem on the tarmac at Ouagadougou airport leading to the disruption of flights. Air Burkina technicians took charge of the aircraft to solve this problem thanks to reactive ground assistance. We reassure public opinion that no passengers were onboard the aircraft. The company makes every effort with its regional partners to take care of its passengers,” the airline said in a statement.

Three planes belonging to the fifty-year-old airline including two E195 and one E175 – are leased from NAC (Nordic Aviation Capital), but both have been under maintenance at Kenya Airways in Nairobi for months.

Excluding the Covid-19 pandemic, Air Burkina offered flights to eight destinations in Africa: Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Bobo-Dioulasso, Cotonou, Dakar therefore, Libreville, Lomé, and Niamey, plus Bobo-Dioulasso as the only domestic destination.

Blaise Sanou, a former air force colonel, was appointed in 2017 to head Air Burkina but was never able to carry out the necessary restructuring (partial privatization is now envisaged).

Pending the appointment of a new CEO, the management of the airline will be ensured by the technical director.

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