Harare-Jhb flight makes emer­gency land­ing

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A PLANE fly­ing from Harare to Jo­han­nes­burg with 38 peo­ple on board was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter the plane de­vel­oped a me­chan­i­cal fault.

The in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an Air­link plane car­ry­ing 34 pas­sen­gers and four crew mem­bers oc­curred on Wed­nes­day at about 8.40PM.

The num­ber of Zim­bab­weans who were in the plane could not be es­tab­lished yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment, Air­link chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mr Rodger Foster said the plane’s two en­gines were dam­aged forc­ing the emer­gency land­ing.

“Air­link con­firms that an AVRO RJ85 air­liner op­er­at­ing flight SA8103 from Harare to Jo­han­nes­burg this evening was in­volved in an event which re­sulted in it mak­ing an emer­gency land­ing at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port shortly af­ter 8:40PM lo­cal time.

“All 34 pas­sen­gers and the four crew mem­bers are safe and un­harmed,” read Mr Foster’s state­ment pub­lished on the com­pany’s web­site.

“While en route one of the four en­gines suf­fered an un­con­tained fail­ure which then caused dam­age to its ad­ja­cent en­gine.

“Upon as­sess­ing the dam­age and sta­tus of the air­craft, the crew elected to con­tinue to Jo­han­nes­burg where it landed safely un­der the power of its re­main­ing two en­gines. At no point was the safety of the pas­sen­gers or crew in jeop­ardy.”

Mr Foster said the air flight com­pany has since no­ti­fied South African Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity which will con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

Mr Foster pas­sen­gers.

“On be­half of Air­link I apol­o­gise pro­fusely to our pas­sen­gers and their loved ones for any dis­tress and in­con­ve­nience as a re­sult of this evening’s event. The safety and well-be­ing of our pas­sen­gers, crew and air­craft are our pri­mary con­cern,” he said.—@ nqot­shili apol­o­gised to the com­pany’s

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