LONDON Feb 21 Britain has lifted a flying ban
on its fleet of Airbus-made Voyager military aircraft
more than a week after it grounded the planes, with the planes
to resume flying this afternoon, a spokesman for the AirTanker
The Royal Air Force said on Feb. 12 that it had suspended
flying of its Voyager fleet after an "inflight issue" on Feb. 9.
A source told Reuters that the plane plummeted between 3,000 and
5,000 feet while flying over Turkey.
Britain is one of the biggest customers for the Voyager jet
made by the Airbus-led AirTanker consortium, as it leases 14 of
the converted A330-200 jets from AirTanker in a 14 billion pound
The AirTanker consortium is also made up of Babcock,
Cobham, Rolls-Royce and Thales.