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2 jets used for Zuma's trip to US

2012-01-19 08:19

Cape Town - When President Jacob Zuma recently flew to the US on his presidential jet, there was second plane following closely behind.

According to Eyewitness News, this second plane was chartered to shadow the Inkwazi (the name of Zuma’s Boeing jet).

The ministry of defence confirmed that the Bombardier Global Express ZS-AMP had flown behind the president’s plane due to safety concerns, as Zuma’s jet had just undergone a major service.

It was the same plane that recently made headlines over safety concerns, after it was used as a VIP plane by government officials.

A defence ministry spokesperson said the second plane landed in the Canary Islands and didn’t continue to the US, although it was reportedly spotted in US airspace.

Both planes flew back to South Africa on Friday night but landed at different airports within minutes of each other.

Comments
  • Nitro - 2012-01-19 08:22

    Mmmmm getting anxcious are we Zuma????

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 08:28

      Just no end to the spending. SARS must have had a good year - they certainly cleaned me out.

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-19 08:33

      How to spend tax payers money 101. And now they seem to be trying to cover it up with lies. AWA - Africa Wins Again.

      delahvonne - 2012-01-19 08:34

      No!! he just needed the 'shadow plane' to ensure that some good photographs could be taken in the event of his plane crashing

      procold2 - 2012-01-19 08:36

      dont trust the workmanship hey,what would the shadow plane have done if there was a missfire and the plane went down in the atlantic, report the position that is on radar and gps, expensive monitoring.

      Richard - 2012-01-19 08:46

      Was probably just transporting something illegal. Doubt they had concerns over a plane crash since as far as I know you can't just jump out of a crashing plane into a flying plane at will. Even if you are as hardcore as the president.

      Bardy - 2012-01-19 08:57

      I fail to see how this is a safety precaution? Really? If your plane fails in midair, you crash! What help will the second plane be?

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-19 09:07

      I wonder what would happen if the TAX payers strike ? We own the gravy train surly we can stop it ? Damn the man , save the Rainbow Nation.

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-01-19 09:29

      Strange the second plane belongs to ARALIA TRADING (PTY) LTD.Not even a official government plane was used.Strange something fishy

      Gordon - 2012-01-19 09:33

      The real question is: Who or What went to the Canary Islands?

      Rentia - 2012-01-19 09:50

      They had recordings on Eye Witness News this morning from JFK airport that the second plane actually flew to the US and did not land on the islands as reported, and then returned with the prez. Can't we sue the govt for misspending / mismanagement of our Tax money?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 10:03

      WOAH!!! Check this out, try it, over 100 comments and not a single person has called anyone a racist (yet) or mentioned racism (yet)! That's a first! Ctrl+F.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-19 11:49

      Was he transporting his lovely first ladies??????????? Oh the joy of spending money you didnt work for.

  • Walter - 2012-01-19 08:27

    I think this is complete madness, wonder how much THAT little exercise cost! I honestly do not know why the President cannot fly SAA (well, not MY first choice either, but still!). And if he is that worried about his safety, why doesn't he fly ELAL Israeli Airlines instead? This circus with private planes is just too pathetic for words! Who do those people in government think they are?

      George - 2012-01-19 08:43

      Come on bru the 2nd plane was being towed by the 1st one to save fuel

      Mike - 2012-01-19 08:57

      Now I cannot help but wonder .......... If something happened to the zoom-zoom plane over the Atlantic ocean, would the zoomer stop to exchange passengers and entourage to get into the second plane? And who is supposed to rehook the Venter??

      Chrono - 2012-01-19 14:16

      Smacks of Idi Big Dada Aminism.

  • Tracey - 2012-01-19 08:27

    Now really, what were they planning on doing if the plane had problems? Did they have a ladder?

      Nitro - 2012-01-19 08:31

      beats me, maybe he should try walking from the one wing to the other wing

      George - 2012-01-19 08:31

      Read what they are not saying,zuma was in the third plane

      delahvonne - 2012-01-19 08:35

      No wonder there was R20 billion wasted last year!!!

      branden.hart - 2012-01-19 08:43

      HAHAHA - A mid air transfer. JuJu> "Now Mr President, just jump quick and grab my hand" JZ> "How - are you sure Juju?" JuJu> "Yes Mr President, gravity is just colonial propoganda" JZ> "Oh OK!"

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 08:49

      We all have spare tyres in our cars, so why should our Prez not had a spare plane? So if the plane ran into trouble across the Atlantic, were they just going to quickly hitch one to the other and tow it? There is quite a big difference between a Boeing and a Hiace.

      Mike - 2012-01-19 09:05

      You guys have it all wrong!!! They saw the US movie "President" where they linked the two with a "foefie slide" and then they slide to the other plane! Only difference is the cable was apparently six times thicker??

      Troy - 2012-01-19 10:20

      I can see a Zapiro cartoon coming here! "The Pres doing a "wing walk"!

      hilette - 2012-01-19 13:53

      One could only hope that he would use the ladder to go from the one to the other!

      vlarismam - 2012-01-19 14:47

      Oh my word - thanks for your comments everyone. Finally a real reason to laugh out loud!

  • jeannenedk - 2012-01-19 08:28

    And there goes my tax money again for unnecessary expenditure.

      Lindy - 2012-01-19 15:28

      As someone said earlier - can we not sue them for misspending or something? Any lawyers who would like to take them on?? How about suing the local councils for something like attempted negligent homicide for the state of our roads and traffic systems??

  • Bonga Mthembu - 2012-01-19 08:29

    Were the blue lights on?

      Mike - 2012-01-19 09:03

      Totally agree! Think they are taking this blue light brigade thing a little tooooooo far!!!

  • Robert - 2012-01-19 08:31

    Makes you think about the quality of the Service crew, if they worry about reliability after a service. mind you, that is not going to help much when up in the sky - no sky hooks to dock into for repairs !!!!

  • Twolips - 2012-01-19 08:31

    Didn't the ANC trust the mechanics who had done the service? Full of self-importance, Zuma?

      Piet - 2012-01-19 08:33

      BEE machies!

      louwrens.nagel - 2012-01-19 14:27

      Sorry to say, only black mechanics are allowed to work on those planes. White mechanics are not allowed to work on them at all. IT tells you how much they trust people. We need to remember some of the white mechanics have years of experience they can transfer over to the new guys.... Sad very Sad

  • Ewoud - 2012-01-19 08:31

    If plane 1 have a problem and they are over the sea where are they going to land??????? In the Atlantic ocean? O I see all his wifes had to go with him...............

  • Piet - 2012-01-19 08:33

    I wonder if they know that if the one you are in crashes that the second one aint go mean much!

  • Nitro - 2012-01-19 08:33

    Do you think KFC is served on the plane?

      Mannie777 - 2012-01-19 09:23

      No - Nandos.

      Preggy - 2012-01-19 10:23

      Haibo, KFC??? Hai, mina no scabberash. Foona lo spare ribs!

      Nic - 2012-01-19 16:01

      and a shower????

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-19 08:35

    "had flown behind the president’s plane due to safety concerns as Zuma’s jet had just undergone a major service." WHAT THE F*** were they planning on doing if something went wrong with his jet at 25000 feet exactly?? give me an effing break!

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2012-01-19 08:37

    so if a problem had occoured, would he have changed planes in midair?

  • Polotic - 2012-01-19 08:38

    So, if Zuma's jet had run into trouble, what could the second jet have done to help? I can't see the logic in this excercise. Unless the intention was to ensure that Zuma had a plane available on his return flight in the event of his official plane being grounded. If this is the case why not just have flown on the second jet. Another case of a huge waste of money. It also indicates a lack of confidence in the maintenance crew!

      Albert - 2012-01-19 08:54

      This is how they operate with the taxies.Why not with Boeings?Ihave seen them climbing over from one taxi to another in transit.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-19 08:59

      It also indicates gross stupidity.

  • Larry - 2012-01-19 08:39

    Did he intend to swap Planes in Mid Air, if something went wrong? What a money wasting Chop.

  • gerhard.ludick - 2012-01-19 08:40

    Not confident on the work that was carried out during the major overhaul...I wonder if SAA do the same when they have the same service done on their aircraft.....shows a lack of skills in the maintenance department.

  • Sean - 2012-01-19 08:41

    What a waste!

      Juan - 2012-01-19 10:29

      That's an understatement. I think if the damn thing crashed it actually would have improved the presidency in the country.

  • Dave - 2012-01-19 08:41

    And the circus carries on.

  • Julie - 2012-01-19 08:43

    What next?????????????

  • AGvanderWesthuizen - 2012-01-19 08:45

    Scandalous – what is wrong with SAA’s first class flights?

      Hector - 2012-01-19 08:50

      SAA in general sucks

      Jim - 2012-01-19 08:51

      SAA don't have any 1st Class cabins any more. Who fly's SAA anyway - there aircraft are very old, and the service - well - there isn't any...

      Walter - 2012-01-19 09:32

      @AGvanderWesthuizen: Remember, SAA is government owned, would it not be the perfect opportunity for the President to demand that service levels improve? And yes, WHY should he fly first class anyway? I think business class would be quite sufficient, I fly sheep class, and so do most South Africans, and survive those trips!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-19 09:42

      SAA was good. Like so many other things that WAS good.

      Siyanda - 2012-01-19 11:59

      They don't serve KFC!!!

  • brieuse - 2012-01-19 08:46

    Do the commercial airlines also have shadow planes when their planes undergo a major service? I mean, 400 passengers are surely as equally important as shower boy.

  • Mike - 2012-01-19 08:49

    What a water landing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to switch planes? Or did the extended family go shopping? Unbelievable how this President and his cabinet wastes money...

  • Jim - 2012-01-19 08:49

    Just give him a parachute - nope - give him 3 as 1 parachute could never take his weight.... The private company leasing these planes is raking in the bucks, just another day in Africa

      Siyanda - 2012-01-19 12:01

      They can't give him a parachute so the second plane carry the circus tent!

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-19 08:50

    So the second plane was there in case the first had a problem seeing that it was just serviced. So what would it have done if there was a problem mid-flight? Find a parking in the sky and transfer the president across to the other plane?

  • theovnk - 2012-01-19 08:51

    I think they couldn't fit all their fat arses onto one plane, so they used two.

  • nigel.forshaw - 2012-01-19 08:53

    And how is a plane flying within close proximity going to make Zuma's trip safer? Did somebody's pal need flying hours? Just a waste of money. The Defence minister should resign like he would have to do in any other country, other than a tin pot banana republic. And did Zuma appearing at the UN Security Council benefit SA or the World in any way? This is another debate though.

      Albert - 2012-01-19 08:58

      Idiot is as idiot does.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-19 08:58

    what does one plane tailing another help?Not like he would need a jump start if he went down - wanker!

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2012-01-19 08:58

    It seems the 1st through 5th ladies of south Africa and their kids went on a short vacation. If not, then the US should investigate this second plane in US airspace.

  • Francois - 2012-01-19 08:59

    Obviously the second plane had nothing to do with safety. They should reveal who the passangers were in the second plane. Was this the 100th aneversary afterparty, visits to friends in foreign jails or just a shopping spree. I reckon they wont give answers, but just ignore this untill it all blows away again. On the other hand they think we are stupid and will stick to the stupid safety story.

  • Thandi - 2012-01-19 08:59

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption Showerhead - when are you going to wake up to the fact that in the overall scheme of things you are an insignificant twit, trying to be in charge of a collapsing infrastructure, so whats with these extravagant gestures of self importance. Tosser.

      CarlS - 2012-01-19 09:05

      That was beautiful Thandi.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 09:56

      Thandi, will you marry me???

      Thandi - 2012-01-19 15:02

      Gerhard - are you rich? (HeHe)

  • Pieter - 2012-01-19 09:00

    I see on most of the comments there is only one thumbs down, Zuma pleas stop playing with the computer!

      Grimett - 2012-01-19 09:45

      Wow, looks like the Pres actually listens to you.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 09:57

      It's Phumi....

  • Ian - 2012-01-19 09:04

    safety concerns, from what, you sure as hell arnt Obama neither do you have his intellect, zuma you are just another money hungry president in africa blinded by greed and corruption, nothing more nothing less

  • mr.louis.nel - 2012-01-19 09:07

    Reasoning fail - if his plane were to go down, what would the shadow plane be able to do in mid air to save the situation anyway?!

  • Gerrie - 2012-01-19 09:07

    So, if, say, his plane develop problems over the Atlantic - what was the plan? stop and get out and into the second plane? Oh, wait, I know - they have secretly developed jet packs for inter-plane transfers whilst flying! BRILLIANT! After the next elections everyone will have personal jet packs!!

  • Mary-Lou - 2012-01-19 09:14

    What a c#$t

      Garth - 2012-01-19 09:46

      No ML, that is something that is useful.

  • Arthur - 2012-01-19 09:15

    Mr President, this is your captain speaking. We have a serious technical problem and we have to ditch the aircraft. No problem though, we have a spare flying in tandem. We just need to work out how to get you, your family of fifteen and your entourage into the other plane in mid air...

  • MarkH - 2012-01-19 09:16

    Well either they don't trust the people servicing their aircraft - which I can understand given the standards in SA - or his Boeing was overweight being filled with wives, and hangers-on, and bodyguards and their weapons, and spin doctors, and hot air, and food and drink.

  • Robyn - 2012-01-19 09:16

    had flown behind the president’s plane due to safety concerns as Zuma’s jet had just undergone a major service." If they were so worried that the plane might crash, why not just fly in the second plane instead? im sure the second one would be alot more safer and you wouldnt have to waste anymore money. Retards!

  • Lourens - 2012-01-19 09:18

    what, are they going to do mid air repairs? welcome to Africa!!

  • Kobus - 2012-01-19 09:20

    Yeah and more breaking news is that they are going to also rename the Union Buildings!!! Henceforth it will be known as Furniture City as there is a Lazy-Boy in every room ! :)

  • Joseph - 2012-01-19 09:21

    Dear readers can we please call for the people of south africa to stand up and say no more tax payer money to be wasted on trips that will send one person to a second plane in midair. it can only be done on tv and in the South African Goverment

  • Deon - 2012-01-19 09:21

    One for him and one for his wifes?

  • Joseph - 2012-01-19 09:24

    We need a union in this Country that will stop this extravagant playing with tax payers money, for only on tv and in this Goverment can people be transported from one plane to another in mid air.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-19 09:25

    Viva mieliepap! Viva!

  • Henry - 2012-01-19 09:26

    If the engines fail on jet 1. How will he transfer to the other plane at 20 000 feet?

  • Zion - 2012-01-19 09:26

    OK. Assume the presidential jet does have a break-down in mid-flight then what? What can the trailing jet really do other than catch the bits and pieces falling out of the sky. Besides who does the maintenance on these aircraft? Probably someone 17 years old and just retired out of standard 7. Actually I think this whole story is a load of crap and we are not hearing it all.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-19 09:26

    Blue light convoys in the sky now. Well thats another proud first for Zimbozansi

  • Andre - 2012-01-19 09:29

    Why not take a third A/C along just to make triple sure the prez reaches his destination. For all you know the backup A/C may break down as well, and what then?

  • Henk - 2012-01-19 09:34

    Well this now clearly shows what a stupid bunch we have to live with. I think the "safety" reason is just a ruse, because even a lobotomy patient would know that an extra plane in the air has no use in the event of an emergency. What would they do: Get out and push? Transfer Zoomer to the second plane in flight? No, none of the above. The plane was hired to take his wives to the Canary Islands on a short vacation, and that is why it waited until Zoomer's plane was overhead before it took off again. Anyhow, why it waited is anyone's guess. Remember, you pay for a chartered plane even if it sits there waiting for you, so this bill will be much more than just flying time.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-01-19 09:35

    With an entorage of wives, girlfriends, friends, etc. one plane cannot be enough guys comeon!

      Joel K Tarus - 2012-01-19 11:24

      Yes very correct even a new girl friend taken out.Disgusting president.

      Joel K Tarus - 2012-01-19 11:24

      Yes very correct even a new girl friend taken out.Disgusting president.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-19 09:37

    One question? If there was something wrong with the plane zuma was in then what could the other plane have done. Its not like he could have transferred. Only thing I can think of is: 'He crashed here' Also this shows the confidence the ANC has in SA workmanship with regards to repairs. If I was the guy who fixed it I'd be insulted.