Passengers on disabled cruise ship to fly to Rome

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VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — An aviation official in Seychelles says that a disabled cruise ship being towed to the island nation's main port is expected just after dawn on Thursday.

Gilbert Faure, the chief executive of the Seychelles' civil aviation authority, said Wednesday that planes are being lined up to fly the passengers of the disabled cruise ship Costa Allegra with over 1000 people on board back to Rome almost immediately after arriving in port between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. (0200 to 0300 GMT) Thursday.

Faure said three aircraft with seats for at least 540 passengers will depart to Rome within hours of the Costa Allegra's arrival at the Seychelles' main port. The Costa Allegra lost power on Monday after a fire broke out in its generator room.

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