Monday, August 06, 2012

1time plane had engine failure

The Civil Aviation Authority says the 1time passenger plane that made an emergency landing at King Shaka International Airport experienced engine failure. 

The pilot was forced to land at around 5.30pm yesterday evening, minutes after take off.

Although the plane touched down safely, it left debris across the runway. As a result, the runway was closed for three hours.

Airport officials carried out a thorough sweep before flights resumed.

Staff worked through the night to clear the backlog.

The Authority's Phindiwe Gwebu says a team has reported back on their preliminary investigation.

"The flight was taking off from King Shaka airport and was en route to Johannesburg, OR Tambo, [when it] experienced left engine failure, upon which the pilot decided to turn back to King Shaka.

"He landed safely, no one was injured in the incident. The South African Civil Aviation Authority is investigating," she said. 


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