Czech soliders heading to Afghanistan stuck in Prague after flight is grounded

Czech soldiers who were heading to Kabul, the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, were grounded in Prague on Tuesday morning. Due to safety concerns, plane won't leave the air transportation base located at Prague-Kbely, until it is fully de-iced.

Airport staff are battling freezing conditions. Removing and preventing the build-up of ice on the wings and fuselage of an aircraft is absolutely crucial to preventing accidents.

Czech military plane | Photo by Maj. Jan Šulc, Army of the Czech Republic

Czech military plane | Photo by cpt. Roman Lukáš, Army of the Czech Republic

According to official sources, there are no major service interruptions at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague and most civil international airports across country. Most of the today’s flight cancellations are connected with multiple strikes of foreign airline carriers – German Lufthansa and the flag carrier airline of Portugal, TAP Portugal.