Plane in emergency landing at OR Tambo

2011-11-10 22:46

Johannesburg - An Airlink plane on Thursday night had to make an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport after problems with it's nose-wheel.

"The aircraft, an Avro RJ85, with 73 passengers and 4 crew on board, landed safely with its nose-wheel retracted," the airline said in a statement.

None of the passengers or crew was hurt in the emergency landing.

The flight departed OR Tambo International Airport at 19:10 this evening and was expected to land at Pietermaritzburg at 19:40.
"The aircraft experienced problems with its nose-wheel shortly after take-off.  In accordance with procedure, the crew turned back to OR Tambo International and burned off fuel before landing," the statement read.

“The well-being of our passengers and crew are our foremost consideration. 

"We have mobilised counsellors to provide support to the passengers and crew and we are arranging accommodation for them. 
"We will also provide alternative travel arrangements for the passengers,” explained Rodger Roster, Airlink CEO and Managing Director.

Airlink has alerted the Civil Aviation Authority and will provide any support and assistance that the investigators require, he added.

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-11-10 23:06

    You picked a fine time to leave me Nose Wheel!!.....Sounds like a song by Kenny Rodgers! LoL!!!!

      Virginia - 2011-11-11 08:14

      This is a classic

  • Jay - 2011-11-11 00:13

    Kimberley - Joburg flights (SA expres) are notoriously delayed due to mechanical problems. Are they not maintained by the same workshop? Are we flirting with a major air disaster?!

      Derek - 2011-11-11 08:45

      In answer to your questions, No they are 2 entirely different entities, and are regulated by the strictest regulatory regimes and quality control systems imaginable. Resultantly, there are often delays, as little faults are meticulously examined. These are annoying, disruptive and inconvenient, but your safety as a member of the travelling publicis at the top of both of these companies priority list, ahead of schedule or convenience. this is the very least we should expect of them. Well done to the Airlink crew for handling the problem and safely bring the flight home with very little collateral damage.

  • Roberta - 2011-11-11 04:27

    Well done the air crew (my collegues). Handled a difficult situation very professionally.

  • Clive - 2011-11-11 05:31

    You mean to say Roger Foster not Roger Roster!

      Heinrich - 2011-11-11 06:32

      Roger, Clive.

      Mouldy - 2011-11-11 13:17

      Rodger that

      Homith - 2011-11-11 13:28

      Not Roger rabbit Toppie ?

  • linda.bevan1 - 2011-11-11 06:31

    Was it the same plane that had technical problems last Friday and we sat on the runway for 3hrs, then landed in Durban and not Pmbg - happening tooooooo often now, are we safe flying SAA ?????????????

      Ian - 2011-11-11 07:53

      SA Airlink is not SAA. Airlink do their own maintenance

  • hannesw1 - 2011-11-11 07:10

    My gawd Media24!? You have managed to report on something else than Julius Malema! Congrats.

  • Charles - 2011-11-11 07:49

    That's why i fly with kulula, no problems

      Simon - 2011-11-11 13:25

      Charles, try flying from Jozi to Pietermaritzberg on Kalula?? Geez, some people are so far up their own proverbials!!

      Paul - 2011-12-24 13:50

      ... 'cept when they have an issue! We experienced pressurisation probs Cpt - Jnb. Reached nearly half-way (point of no return) when ordered to turn back to Cpt. Passengers were 'jumped' back in the terminal and had to make their own re-bookings to get away. Mine took nearly 5 hours. Now known in my book as "".

  • jan.roodt1 - 2011-11-11 07:51

    Wonder if the Deputy Pres. was on the plane?

  • cupcake - 2011-11-11 08:16

    gj, accidents will happen and i thank the airline for handling it correctly and saving the passengers.

  • Jacqueline - 2011-11-11 08:26

    Well done to the Airlink Crew! Any landing you can walk away from is a good one! Given the circumstances under which they had to land, and then did is without anyone being hurt, Amazing! Well done!

  • Redroman1962 - 2011-11-11 08:31

    Hey guys i think flying in Sa is still safe because untill last year i was working as an expat in DRC congo and saw many plane crases and was twice invoved in emergency landings. In one landing the engine broke as we took off and nearly crash but manage to land safely and the second one was when the nose wheel didn't came out and this was a 737 with about 150 people on board. Some people where injured but we all survive and the emergency sevices is poor on airports in congo. I was lucky to survive the last 7 years i was working there as today i am so stress up when i have to fly i stress all the way doesn't matter which airline i am flying with. The places there is so remote you can't drive there to work and must make used of small plane cargo planes where you had to sit between goats big bags of palm oil pigs as that is the way of life there. Some times i sit in the cockpit and the russian pilots will offer me some vodca because the drink while they fly there and this is not what someone told me as i experience it with my own eyes. Well guys enjoy the day thinking that our Country is not so bad to fly in

  • phil.tredoux - 2011-11-11 08:32

    I can't say that I'm surprised to find out it was Airlink. These days they 're safety record is almost as bad as Roadlink's! Well, not quite as bad, but they had several close calls over the last few years - too many for me to be comfortable with!

  • Martha - 2011-11-11 08:54

    Welldone to the crew of the Airlink plane for a safe emergency landing.Geluk aan die bemanning van die Airlink vliegtuig vir 'n suksesvolle buiklanding.

  • yule.glowacki - 2011-11-11 10:14

    Rodger Roster? What happened to the other Rodger who was recently the boss at Airlink? :)

  • bryn.lotter - 2011-11-11 10:36

    Welldone to the pilots...

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