CAA concerned about Airlink

2009-12-08 08:06

George - The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday expressed its concern about the number of recent incidents in which SA Airlink has been involved.

An Airlink passenger plane crash-landed at George Airport on Monday morning, bursting through a perimeter fence before coming to a standstill on a road near the N2. No-one was seriously injured.

It is the fifth incident involving an Airlink plane over the last few months.

According to Colin Naidoo, spokesperson for the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), the 37-seater Embraer 135 plane had departed from Cape Town and overshot the runway at George Airport when it attempted to land in wet weather conditions.

The plane came to a stop about 200m from the end of the runway.

SA Airlink planes audited

There were 33 passengers and three crew on board.

Seven people - including a baby, the pilot and the first officer, who had sprained his ankle - were taken to George Medi-Clinic for observation. They were all discharged shortly thereafter.

The passengers received trauma counselling before leaving the airport.

The incident happened at 11:06 and by 12:30 the airport, which serves thousands of passengers during the December holidays, was re-opened and resumed normal operations.

Kabelo Ledwaba of the CAA confirmed on Monday afternoon that officials have been sent to the scene to investigate.

He also confirmed that a special audit of SA Airlink's fleet of planes has already begun.