Burst Tyre: Charter Flight aborts take-off

2012-11-14 00:00

A CHARTER flight bound for Malawi with 130 illegal immigrants on board had to abort its take-off from O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg yesterday when one of its tyres burst.

No one was injured and the 130 passengers and six crew left the plane safely via the rear stairs.

The aircraft did not burst into flames, as was reported on radio earlier, said John Miller, a spokesperson for Global Aviation, which owns the plane.

The runway had to be closed for several hours, slightly delaying departing and arriving flights.

The passengers, who were being deported, left on another flight to Lilongwe shortly afterwards.

The cause of the incident will be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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