Bok flight makes emergency landing

2011-07-16 07:25

The Springbok rugby team’s flight to Australia was forced to return shortly after departing from Johannesburg last night due to engine failure.

“The Qantas flight on which the team was travelling was forced to return to OR Tambo International Airport in
Johannesburg less than two hours after take-off,” the SA Rugby Union said.

Saru said the third engine on the Boeing 747 overheated, but it returned and landed safely in Johannesburg. The team would remain in Johannesburg overnight.

“Wow, just had to do an emergency landing at OR Tambo,” Bok captain John Smit posted on social networking site Twitter.

“We lost an engine after takeoff but safely landed now! My second safe emergency landing!”

The Springboks play Australia in their opening match of the Tri-Nations in Sydney next weekend, before they travel to Wellington for the second and final match of their away leg against New Zealand.

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