Emergency landing at CT International

2012-01-04 16:33

Cape Town - An Emirates passenger plane made an emergency landing at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, an airport spokesperson said.

Deidre Hendricks said the plane was en route to Dubai when it returned and made an emergency landing. Emergency crews were put on standby.

"The landing had no impact on operations at the airport," she said.

Fouad Caunhye, Emirates Regional Manager Southern Africa said: “Emirates flight EK773, which departed Cape Town for Dubai at 13:55 today, returned to Cape Town at 15:20 after a technical issue developed with the aircraft's landing gear."

He went on to say "At no point was the safety of the 243 passengers or crew at risk."

Passengers are being provided with hotel accommodation until a replacement flight tomorrow afternoon.

  • Swapie - 2012-01-04 16:59

    Emirates are very very good.

  • Mike - 2012-01-04 17:14

    I have flown Emirates 8 times in 2011 and I am afraid to say that their standards have dropped a lot from what they used to be. The service from Durban was in an ancient Airbus with almost non existent service, the seats were cramped and the crew unfriendly; and the service on their A380 was a total joke on both flights on the mega jumbo. I hope the savings that one can see clearly inside the plane with service and food are not being extended to the outside and technical aspects of the planes. Not what they used to be...

      Walter - 2012-01-04 17:39

      I only flew EMIRATES four times to Europe in 2011 and while some crews are better than others, I have no doubt that the technical matters (maintenance etc.) are complied with. But if you are not happy with flying EMIRATES, I wonder why you did 8 times in 2011? If I am unhappy (as I am with Africa's favorite airline...), I do not fly them (well, I have to soon as there is no choice, should I be nervous as many technicians now work in Arabia?)?

      George - 2012-01-04 17:52

      Have you ever driven in a south african mini bus taxi? Then compare

      Castle - 2012-01-04 17:57

      Emirates have added 4 more rows at the back of every aircraft They have pushed all the seats forward so that the leg space get lesser.Nothing can beat the No 1 airline Etihad in the UAE STILL THE BEST ...TO FLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

      holmap - 2012-01-04 23:04

      arabia? do you mean Saudi Arabia or Arab states?

      Juan - 2012-01-05 03:27

      I have flown 3 times on Emirates from Cape Town and have nothing but praise for them. Aircrew were friendly and kept the drinks and food comming. The food was better and more substantial than what I could remember from other airlines. The jets on all 3 occasions seemed brand new and state of the art. Somehow there seem to be a little more leg room in economy class as well. And I love their online seat reservasion and check-in fascilities

      Mike - 2012-01-05 08:15

      @ Walter - sometimes one does not have a choice due to routes.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-05 10:50

      I flew Emirates I think 7 times last year and the only small criticisms I have is that the inflight entertainment is outdated and the television screens are in need of a complete change. Some are so old that the colours are going.

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-04 17:42

    Emirates as well as Turkish Airlines are the best Airlines over Africa! They have the best and newest aircraft, with the most diverse attendants! Unlike Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Their attendants are as old as the aircraft and have the same teeth as Austin Powers!

      Beetroot - 2012-01-04 17:47

      Oh I forgot about SAA! Sorry man, your ACSA bandits that steal all our valuables have somewhat stigmatised the South African Air Industry and dragged your name down into the bush.

      Tebza - 2012-01-04 23:42

      I agree. I flew SAA, Virgin A and Lufthansa, and others: SAA is the best.

      Juan - 2012-01-05 03:46

      The crew on board my last flight could speak 7 different languages between them

      Phillip - 2012-01-05 07:25

      @Juan...great, so they can tell you, you are stuffed in 7 different languages...

      kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-01-05 10:42

      why cant they have old old are u and are u still working, and is it against the law for you to retire at 60 or 65.....and if not why must they be given a different retirement age less than yours. shut up and grow up!!!!

  • Marjorie - 2012-01-04 18:12

    Just had 4 flights with Emirates and nothing to complain about. The service on the planes were good and the food was better than expected. Wouldn't mind flying with them again.

  • Marcia - 2012-01-04 19:00

    Why is it, when an airline has one mishap in thousands of flights, everyone goes ballistic ? I had a return trip from Europe to RSA with Emirates late last year - parts were good, and some parts were not. The 4th and last leg home was excellent because of a half-empty plane and an EXCELLENT crew. Come on guys, it's not like they offed a plane load of people - they returned to have the problem seen to. Compare the number of flights to and from Dubai per 24 hours !!! But yes, I pray EVERY time I take off or land - no matter WHO is flying the plane.

  • Logan Porter - 2012-01-04 19:27

    This article is once again very vague. No details of what went wrong. News24 this is happening far to often. These articles should be edited before they are published. Bad reporting, wake up!!

      Lize - 2012-01-06 01:03

      I am a crew working on emirates and the problem was that the doors for the landing gears didnt close properly which could result in major safety risks.

  • Brydon - 2012-01-04 19:36

    I am a frequent flyer on Emirates and their service is excellent. I have the pleasure (at times not!) of flying others (African and Europe) and they are not in the same league. Frankly some are 3rd division even though taxpayers keep them going!

      Tebza - 2012-01-04 23:46

      SAA is the best guys. Try it and you will see that it certainly above Virgin A and BA. SAA compares well with Lufthansa although I still think it is the best.

      Monique - 2012-01-05 10:15

      Thebza..wake up and smell the polution buddy. SAA sucks and when people talk about excellent service, they definitely do not mention SAA in the same sentence. Us taxpayers subsidise SAA every year, just close the bloody thing down already! or sell it to a private owner.

  • jbotes2 - 2012-01-04 20:17

    This is not an emergency landing. Let me briefly explain what an emergency landing is: An emergency landing is when pilots have no option but to land an aircraft as soon as possible, due to the safety of the passengers and crew becoming compromised - an example of this would be when an engine is on fire or the engines fail, etc. In this situation an emergency is declared with Air Traffic Control and an Emergency Landing follows. THIS HOWEVER is what is referred to as a Precautionary Landing, where even following a POTENTIAL system problem, pilots may decide to return to the airport from which they departed or may choose to land at an alternate airport. This is VERY different to an Emergency Landing. In light aircraft, precautionary landings are often performed for a variety of reasons, ranging from declining weather conditions to sick passengers. At no point is an emergency declared or an emergency landing carried out.

      Chris - 2012-01-04 23:14

      And they would have arrived at this decision based on procedures and discussions with HQ

      Mike - 2012-01-05 06:32

      @jbotes, the crew declared an emergency. This was not a precautionary landing as the fact that the undercarriage doors would not close and the main bogey apparently did not retract posed a threat to the aircraft.

  • Superbelle - 2012-01-04 21:28

    Hey give me an emergency landing any day in exchange for an upgrade to their 1st class cabins...

  • kosmonooit - 2012-01-04 22:19

    Flying is pot luck when it comes to service, aircraft, pilots and fat/smelly passengers next to you. But mostly dodgy service, esp. SAA.

  • Loodpil - 2012-01-05 07:57

    Emirates should stop sending their older aircraft on these long routes. And while we're at it, when I started using you as a carrier in 2001 you had hot air hostesses, what happened ? Please sack your head of HR and rewrite your hiring policies. If I want to be bothered by a dodgy Egyptian guy prancing around the place while I'm half passed out, I'll go visit a seedy backstreet bar in Cairo.

  • hadedah - 2012-01-05 08:24

    Well trained pilots knew how to handle the emergency without panic stations. well done.

  • David - 2012-01-05 08:48

    My wife and I realised there was a problem when the plane turned around over Ceres. She noticed that the nose wheel was still out and was not surprised to hear about the emergency landing. Have some pics.

      Ncele - 2012-01-05 09:14

      im sure you guys where kinda shocked . thanks to god you are safe and sound

      Monique - 2012-01-05 10:17

      glad you are safe!

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 08:50

    If it happened to one of our local indi airlines like Comair, 1Time or Kalula the CAA (more correctly SSAGABTPO {SAA supporting government airline bureaucrat toadying parasite organisation}) would have grounded it already.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-05 09:53

    Thank God they were able to land the aircraft safely. Emirates are an excellent airline, and highly professional. But this only serves to remind us that each of us needs to value each and every day in our lives. THere are no guarantees in life. We need to make every day count!

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-01-05 10:38

    im sure it was one of their AIRBUS seriously i have given up hope on these buses.

  • Alva - 2012-01-05 11:44

    A 'Bells' for the pilot and crew! (when they are off duty of course):-P

  • RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-05 13:37

    The aircraft circled over False Bay to lose fuel before returning to Cape Town's airport. There was a problem with the under carriage doors.

  • Wilma - 2012-03-31 21:09

    Things happen in life, the situation was out of Emirates and the Pilots control that day, however our pilot took the inituitive not to continue threw to Dubai, he landed us safeley and Emirates accomodated us better than I would have expected! Things happen in Life we cant always go back blame and change it but we can change the way we think and handle there after. Thank You to the Pilot and to all emergency crew on standby, and thank you to Emirates for landing us safeley and accomodating us so well. Thank You

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