Lucky landing for plane with flat tyres

2008-04-27 00:00

When an Airlink airliner landed at the Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi Airport with two burst tyres, it was just plain good luck that nothing disastrous occurred during the descent.

One of the passengers on that flight, who wanted to remain anonymous, sent The Witness photos of the plane’s tyres. She said the incident occurred at about 3.15 pm.

"The tyres burst on impact [when the plane landed], but fortunately the pilot managed to control the aircraft and most passengers were only aware of the full extent of the situation when they alighted from the plane and saw the damage," she said.

"I presume that the return flight to Johannesburg must have been delayed, and I spoke to at least one passenger who realised that he now had no chance of connecting to his international flight to Germany that evening," she said.

Attempts to get either South African Airways or the airport management to ascertain what the cause of the incident was, drew a blank yesterday.

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