PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Nicholas Smallberg
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 790
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Nicholas Smallberg's badges.
 

Of birthdays, stowaways and confidently flying SAA

20 February 2014, 13:12

On the 1st of February 2014, a prominent South African icon quietly celebrated its eightieth birthday. I love birthdays, and maybe some fanfare should have accompanied the founding of South African Airways on the 1st February 1934. And while no birthday wishes were forthcoming in February, I have come across a media report detailing a body found on a SAA flight. Iafrica.com reports that upon landing at Washington’s Dulles airport on Saturday past, a body was found in the centre wheel well section of the plane. The plane had flown from OR Tambo last Wednesday and flew via Dakar, Senegal before heading to Washington in the United States.

While many issues arise from the reported incident, not least of which is the sad loss of a human life, I would like to rise above the possible critisms and rather praise the crew who landed the plane safely. I would hazard a guess that landing an international jetliner with a problem in its undercarriage is no easy task. So my first order of business is to say well done to the crew for keeping their heads, landing the plane and keeping its passengers safe and no doubt, their loved ones happy. Well done!

SAA too is to be lauded for its swift response to the matter. With the obvious security and safety concerns at hand, and despite presumably having access to aircraft technicians in the USA, South African Airways dispatched its own technicians to attend to the aircraft. Naysayers and the ready hordes of critics would point to the obvious expense of this exercise. But I am known to be an eternal optimist and my interpretation is simply that my country’s national airline treated the matter seriously and responded promptly. With the last serious accident at SAA having happened in November 1987, it is clear that the airline’s current approach is to pursue a standard of safety excellence for our benefit. A second “Well done!” is due here. My own next birthday cake might very well be in the shape of a jetliner draped in my country’s national colours.

Nicholas Smallberg

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Nunu
The Equality Falacy

Are all lives equally valuable? I think, quite clearly, the answer is no. Read more...

5 comments 232 views
Submitted by
David van Tonder
A open letter to the president of...

You are our Commander in Chief and its about time you start acting like it. Read more...

10 comments 693 views
EFF MP`s suspension is a blessing...

I thought Zuma should have known better that a suspension is a blessing in overalls. This time they are red. You give these people time to consult political expects. When EFF come back in parliament they will come back much stronger than they were before suspension. Read more...

7 comments 559 views
Submitted by
Pierre Willemse
Phil Hughes – how this could chan...

The tragic death of Phil Hughes is undoubtably going to change the way the game is played and how the game is viewed. Read more...

13 comments 499 views
Submitted by
Phumelela Dlamini
President Zuma Must Go: He Must G...

The fact is our president is going nowhere, he is here to stay for the next five years, writes Phumelela Dlamini. Read more...

24 comments 1078 views
I'm tired...

We need to find the will and courage to take back our destiny. Read more...

11 comments 689 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Hot festive offers at kalahari.com!

Hurry! Stocks are limited. Don’t miss out. Shop Now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.