South Africa seizes Air Tan­za­nia plane

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Jo­han­nes­burg: South African au­thor­i­ties have seized a plane from Tan­za­nia’s na­tional car­rier, the Tan­za­nian gov­ern­ment said. The Air­bus 220-300 was due to fly from Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, on Fri­day to Dar es Salaam in Tan­za­nia.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear why the ac­tion was taken, and South African au­thor­i­ties have not com­mented.

But a re­tired farmer has said the air­craft was im­pounded be­cause Tan­za­nia’s gov­ern­ment had not paid him US$33m (FJ$64m) it owes in com­pen­sa­tion.

Lawyer Roger Wake­field told the BBC the money was awarded after Tan­za­nia’s gov­ern­ment seized lands be­long­ing to the South African farmer.

A Tan­za­nian gov­ern­ment spokesper­son told the BBC that the coun­try’s lawyers had ar­rived in South Africa to in­ves­ti­gate.

In a statement on Fri­day, Air Tan­za­nia said that it ex­pected to make flight sched­ule ad­just­ments “due to un­fore­see­able cir­cum­stances”, but did not give any fur­ther de­tails.

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