Foreign flights out of Cape Town to be escorted

2012-08-30 13:12

Cape Town - All international flights out of Cape Town International Airport after sunset will be escorted before take-off, it was reported on Thursday.

"This means international flights will have a security patrol vehicle driving behind them, with a clear line of sight of the undercarriage," airport spokesperson Deidre Davids told the Cape Times.

She said the security presence on the airport's perimeter fence had also been strengthened.

A man, last seen climbing over the airport fence, was found dead a week ago in a British Airways plane in London. He had apparently run towards a runway where the plane was in its holding position, ready for take-off.

His body had apparently not been identified.

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-30 13:27

    Does Cape Town not know how to secure the airport perimeter?

      TSR01 - 2012-08-30 14:16

      It does, but a crazed lunatic snuck into the airfield where a plane was about to take off, jumped into the wheel compartment, and was later found dead - a tragic failed attempt at stowing away on a plane. Fact of the matter is, it could have been any plane, at any airport, in any country - unfortunately, the flight was not put on hold to search for the trespassing individual, whom had not yet been identified as a potential stowaway, and thus, the unfortunate chain of events unfolded as they did.

      J.A.Rademan - 2012-08-30 15:12

      You clearly don't know what ACSA is dealing with... LOL

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-30 15:38

      Pitiful excuse. It is a national key point.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-30 16:49

      With airline food being what it is, you're probably safer in the wheel well.

      graeme.speed.35 - 2012-08-31 11:35

      another over-reaction to one idiot doing something stupid.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-31 14:23

      Cape Town hasn't had as much training as Joburg in securing perimeters..

      Thoughtsandstuff - 2012-08-31 18:02

      Having worked on the CTIA fence, I can tell you that they've spent millions on it. First there was a bar fence. The locals jacked the bars apart to squeeze through. Then they put a cut proof, climb proof, semi bullet proof panel on the fence. Hello ladders. Then there were razor coils on top. Hellow wire cutters. Then they put a three coil razor tape barrier a meter away from the fence line - so there was room for the dog patrols. Pity people are SO desperate to escape South Africa...

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-09-01 10:43

      The grass is always greener on the other side, but for those interested in the “wheel well” class; maybe to avoid paying the exuberant ticket prices or being sexually abused by the security frisking and other invasive procedures; be advised to take a warm jacket and an oxygen tank just as a precaution. (The outside air temp at “flight height” is around -40 to -60 degrees Celsius, comparable to Antarctica, and apart from that the oxygen is too thin, the little that is there cannot be breathed as the air pressure is to low.)

      Kevin Adendorff - 2013-05-03 01:23

      Not with a squatter camp across the road and copper thieves stealing the underground cables causing there to be no landing lights. Despite these challenges we were still voted the best airport in Africa three years in a row

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-30 13:42

    If a person is dumb enough to try stow away in the wheel well of an aircraft then he deserves to be there. It's called Darwin's theory of Evolution.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-08-30 14:00

      Hahah exactly! Just natural selection working it's marvelous "magic" ;) - 2012-08-30 14:17

      Not defending stupidity, because it doesn't deserve defending. But most of SA's people have the education of primary school child, also has the mentality of one as well. If you are an adult with no real life, being a stow-away seems like a viable route to a better life. So our education system failed these people. Anyone with basic literacy and an education would know that it's not safe inside the wheel well of an airliner.

      Thoughtsandstuff - 2012-09-01 03:36

      When we flew Emirates, we noticed something interesting: over Africa, the plane was older, grottier and less 'pretty.' The flight staff were non first language English speakers, slightly surly, and less than spectacular. Then we got our connection to the US. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Not sure if it's true, but what I got from that is that Africa flights are less than important to airlines. Probably because there's not much local competition.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-09-02 08:10

      Before turning this into a racial thing and stereotype South Africans as dumb etc., a quick Google search will show that this is global phenomena, with many attempts and failures, not just from South Africa. Surprisingly there have been a few successful attempts, and arguable only due to some very good luck also these were over shorter flight distances and lower altitudes; but these are only a few compared to many deaths; with the ratio of success to failure far overshadowed by the death toll. Maybe one or two of the fortunate ones are fuelling stories that this is possible. Between the cold air, lack of oxygen, crush by the retreating wheel or falling out of the wheel well during ascent or descending, there are quite a few ways of dying not so pleasantly.

  • des.cider - 2012-08-30 14:02

    Why not SAA flights? Of course, no one flies SAA these days…

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-31 17:52

      Not even in the wheel well?

  • martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-30 14:43

    bwahahah lack of education breeds folks who rate they can survive temp easily reaching minus 40 or more in the 35 000ft altitudes just wearing south african clothes wth a bag of wishful thinking

      Jane - 2012-08-31 14:08

      True, how stupid would one have to be to attempt something like this, the most basic of education and the slightest bit of common sense would be enough to deter one

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-09-01 15:16

      Maybe ignorance rather than stupidity. Badly written article - not unusual.

      dave.askew.583 - 2012-09-01 21:11

      forget the temp mate, instant death when the wheels retract. probably not identifiable.

      pisciotta - 2012-09-02 15:58

      Dave - maybe not. More like Hypoxia resulting High Altitude Pulmonary or Cerebral Edema. Under the best circumstances he would have simply fallen asleep.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-30 16:09

    Andre, you are very funny. I can just see gatiep behind the wheel with a toothless smile. At least it's one more job. Go gatiep go.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-30 19:20

    Behind a Huge Jet with a bakkie. The bakkie will take off before the Jet does. Hurricane 5 factor winds.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2012-08-30 19:23

    Dang I am tired of money being spent to protect STUPID.

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-30 20:42

    In future, they must just stop any plane with a man running & dsappearing under it!

      Thoughtsandstuff - 2012-09-01 03:38

      electrify the fuselage - high volts, low amps = non lethal. A couple of jolts, and you'll see them running out again fast!

  • fazlurahman.ahmed - 2012-08-30 21:54

    All the posts so far are so disgusting and insensitive. A person lost a life and all that could be said is derogatory. Sis shame on all of you! It does not matter the reason, which we don't know, but we choose to speculate. Then all you want a better society but fail yourselves on a moral ground.

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-09-01 08:15

      Humanity has always joked about tragedies. I remember some really gross jokes being told about the Space Shuttle Challenger which exploded in 1986. I think its our way of appeasing ourselves by saying "I'm glad it wasn't me". Just my humble opinion.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-02 06:30

      The sooner we humans realize we are just evolved animals, the better.

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-31 07:37

    Nobody has commented on the fact that the bakkie will be behind the plane when in fact the person who died was in fact in the nose wheel gear. How will this bakkie then stop the plane should he see someone climb into the nose wheel area? The action which needs to be taken in an incident such as this would surely be to delay and search all planes which are ready for takeoff before allowing them to proceed. It is quite a scary thought to know that someone is able to access the plane just before takeoff to stowaway - what if their intention was to attach some kind of explosive device to the plane directly under the pilot's cabin which was set to go off on take-off or shortly thereafter? In terms of the person who died he had to have been desperate or completely insane to have attempted something like this and is better off where ever he is now.

  • lungelo.yili - 2012-08-31 10:32

    we find stow-aways on our ships every month or so and we don't escort all our vessels. just strengthen airport perimeters and do regular flight pre-checks. ACSA need some common sense

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-08-31 11:40

    Amazing at how desperate people are to get the hell out of SA and away from the corruption, murder,ETC ETC

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-31 11:53

    What are they trying to jump o the plain while taking off.Fit a roofcarrier,and give them a freee hike.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-08-31 12:55

    And who pays for all this? Why aren't those over paid idiots at ACSA able to properly contain the airport without having to resort to Willem in his bakkie roaring up and down the runway? In any event, anybody stupid enough to climb up into the landing gear holding area in an attempt to stow away is either going to be crushed to death or freeze.

      indianajohn - 2012-09-01 09:43

      Too many movies? Willem will not "roar" up and down the runway. He will escort the aircraft to the runway, which in most cases will be runway 19, quite a short taxi from the international gates. The aircraft will also never exceed 20 knots during taxi, or 37 km/h. Hardly "roaring". And no vehicle shares an active runway with an aircraft. Now bear in mind that there is a myriad of support vehicles at every airport. Just look at all the trucks that surround every aircraft when it parks. Add the vehicles that do frequent runway inspections, the emergency vehicles doing training, maintenance vehicles zipping to and fro from all the runway equipment... having one extra car to follow international flights to the runway is hardly worth the opening line of "And who pays for this". We're all angry with ACSA over their ridiculous handling and parking fees etc but this development is not something to get hot and bothered about.

  • brandon.wilson.5891 - 2012-08-31 13:04

    This is a total cover-up by ACSA for their inability to deal with safety on the airport ask me I should know - I've worked their. In my time 2 x CAA officials boarded an aircraft with the wrong boarding passes. one had a firearm and the other a fake limpet mine. ACSA security did not pick this up. CAA's response was to ask ACSA to retrain their security officials. Here we have a guy that according to ACSA was spotted climbing a 2.2m Bobwired fence, jumped over 3 rolles of bobwire on the floor about(2m wide), Ran away from a security patrol van for atleast a distance of 1km from fence to runway. Climbed into a moving Boeing 747 wheelwell that is about 3m from the ground. They advise the pilot who decided to continue with his flight anyway. This is far fetched. When a bag is left unattended or a snake is spotted on the runways then all operations stop until the situation is normalised. Who said this was not a suicide bomber that decided to blow-up this plane to proof a point. ACSA or BA is atleast guilty of taking this persons life because they knew he would never survive this flight yet by their own admission they willingly dicided to procede with this flight. If I was the family of this individual I would take them to court.

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-08-31 23:37

      The stowaway obviously comes from a family from the shallow end of the gene pool insofar as smarts are concerned. But then perhaps you've met him, having come from there yourself.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-09-01 15:23

      barbed wire brandon - the wire has spiky barbs on it. But ja, agree with you if thats the way things happened - they could be charged for murder.

      flower.fourie - 2012-09-01 23:27

      Yes that's right take the company to court they forced him to climb in the wheel well...

  • fouriechristian - 2012-08-31 14:21

    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-08-31 15:32

    ...i would suggest an escort for all Saa- planes- just to make sure it doesn't come off the runway !!

  • keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-31 17:49

    At what speed can one jump into the wheel compartment? This chap must have been desperate. But he must also have some knowledge of the aircraft to be sure of finding enough space inside.

  • 4man1 - 2012-08-31 20:16

    The horse has gone guys. To not follow up and cancel the flight when they had seen the person running onto the strip and then disappearing. This is just poor security. What were the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) or don't they have them anymore. The answer of course is the idiots who are supposed to be securing the Airport are not sufficiently trained or motivated. Now they will end up chasing their tails. This is pathetic beyond belief.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-09-01 15:26

      I bet it had to do with money. Postponing or cancelling the flight would have cost a lot of money and disrupted other flights. In todays world money means more than life - and we all know how cheap human (or any life) has become, worldwide.

  • ingramj - 2012-08-31 20:44

    How far behind the aircraft is this bakkie going to be? I assume this is only on taxi. The blast from 4 Rolls Royce/GE jet engines at take off thrust is pretty intense and would be enough to flip the heaviest of bakkies. Whilst the incident is not nice, he should have been shot before he even got near the apron/runway.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-09-01 09:15

      I think it is meant to be from the apron to the take-off point. It's unlikely that a stowaway will jump aboard when the aircraft is doing take-off speed lol.

  • Charms - 2012-09-01 12:18

    Shame, cant blame the poor man for trying to flee this country...maybe he thought things would be better somewhere else..OR..maybe he thought the plane was only going to JHB...who knows!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-09-01 15:28

      He could have just walked accross the border into one of our neighbours countries though?

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-01 12:20

    Must be Zuma's idea - only he can come up with such "brilliant" plans ............(-:

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2012-09-01 12:25

    Aye well, if that bakkie is driven by the average taxi driver then the plane ain't going anywhere. The bakkie will cut the plane off at the on ramp to the runway, slam on the brakes and pull a zap sign at pilot because the bakkie wants to get to the runway first.

  • Charms - 2012-09-01 12:32

    Just wondering if this was so easy, how easy would it not be for one of these extremists to jump in there with a bom attach to himself...1, 2 or more of them could then easily bring down a few planes on one day...just scary!

  • kseyffert - 2012-09-02 09:01

    Darwin Rules! Forget the security...

  • walter.lebza - 2012-09-02 15:39

    Just close the fence or build a brick wall, stop coming up with stupid ideas. Are they going to escort this planes forever?

  • Kevin Adendorff - 2013-05-03 01:21

    This is ancient history. Come on news 24 even you can do better than this.

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