Passenger describes 'super bumpy landing' after tyre damaged

2016-03-28 15:27
A photo of the FlySafair tyre. (Picture: Ian Cameron)

A photo of the FlySafair tyre. (Picture: Ian Cameron)

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Cape Town – A passenger on a FlySafair flight to Johannesburg at the weekend said they were treated to a “super bumpy landing” as a result of a damaged tyre.

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Ian Cameron said the take-off from Cape Town on Sunday night was very bumpy, but he put it down to the surface of the tar.

“Just when we were approaching for landing, we went very low and then took off again. They said there is a problem with the landing gear,” he told News24.

Cameron, who heads community safety at AfriForum, said passengers became worried. He saw the co-pilot walking down the aisle and kneeling down to work on something on the floor.

“We were circling and eventually the pilot said everything seems to be okay, but we are going to attempt a landing. Half of the people started laughing and the other half cried.”

He said the landing was quite rough. A fire engine escorted the plane along the runway for quite some time.

“When we stopped, staff started handing out Easter eggs. I thought it was an interesting way of saying sorry.”

He was happy the airline responded to his complaint and said it had promised to tender an official report on Tuesday.

On its website, the airline said the plane landed safely just before 10:00 and all passengers disembarked normally.

FlySafair spokesperson Kirby Gordon told News24 on Monday that one of the tyres on the right of the plane lost some tread, but did not deflate.

“It occurred during take-off, which is why we knew about the state of the tyre for landing. At this stage it's uncertain what caused the damage. It's not entirely uncommon; usually it's related to the runway surface.”

He said Cape Town International Airport had been alerted.

The airline extended its apologies to passengers.

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