Aircraft drama for World Cup official

April 16, 2009

Dressage World Cup Ground Jury member Dr Vincenzo Truppa had to be replaced today after he failed to turn up in Las Vegas.

But the Italian dressage judge had a good reason - his flight from Rome was forced into an emergency landing after its Alitalia pilot suffered a heart attack. The plane landed near Limerick in Ireland, and the passengers will be flown to New York tomorrow.

Truppa was replaced today by Assistant Technical Delegate and Reserve Judge Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos from Mexico.