Emergency landing: Plane’s engine fault was under control, says 1time Airlines

2012-08-07 00:00

FLIGHT T6 653 experienced a mechanical fault at about 500 feet, but the situation was controllable, said 1time Airlines’ director of flight operations, Captain Wayne Jefferies.

Jefferies was responding to reports about their flight headed for Cape Town from Durban, which had to perform an emergency landing on Sunday afternoon.

“Flight T6 653 departed from King Shaka International Airport at 5 pm and headed towards Cape Town as scheduled. Upon take-off, all operations were normal.

“The captain on board confirms that during climb at about 500 feet above ground level, a noteworthy noise was heard followed by a sudden jolt.

“A Mayday call was signalled by the first officer as the quick confirmation test done to check thrust parameters indicated damage to the engine,” said Jefferies.

He said that while there was no apparent reason for the damage to have been caused, the captain and first officer followed procedure and took the decision to turn the aircraft around. The cabin crew and passengers were notified that the aircraft would be returning to Durban.

Before landing the captain advised passengers that precautionary emergency procedures were in place.

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