Alitalia suspends Carpatair operation after ATR crash

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Alitalia has suspended all flights operated by Romanian carrier Carpatair, after a landing accident at Rome involving an ATR 72.

The aircraft was badly damaged as it arrived from Pisa, operating domestic flight AZ1670, at night on 2 February.

Alitalia says the ATR was "in the final stages" of approaching Rome Fiumicino but "experienced difficulties in landing" as a result of "strong wind".

The airport had been experiencing strong winds from the southwest at the time.

Alitalia says the aircraft (YR-ATS) was transporting 46 passengers and four crew members. It had departed Pisa at 19:15.

One passenger suffered a broken leg as the turboprop left the runway and came to a halt on grass.

Alitalia has "immediately suspended" all flights carried out on its network by Carpatair, which has two ATR 72-500s operating for the Italian flag-carrier.