Airlink staff 'tried to rig poll'

2009-12-11 09:52

Johannesburg - SA Airlink staffers allegedly tried to rig an online poll about its safety, The Star newspaper reported on Friday.

Airlink CEO Roger Foster admitted to the newspaper that some of his staff used chain emails and posters to urge colleagues to vote that they would fly Airlink in a poll on IOL.

Some 55% of readers voted that they would not fly Airlink, while 45% said they would still use the airline.

Foster said the alleged poll-rigging campaign "was not sanctioned or approved by me, and I was unaware of it until we received your [The Star's] e-mail query".

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele this week requested an investigation to determine if the airline should be grounded.

Airlink had its third accident in three months on Monday, when one of its planes overshot the runway in wet weather, injuring three people.