SAA plane skids off Sao Paulo runway

2012-02-27 15:38

Johannesburg - A South African Airways plane carrying 153 passengers skidded and veered off the runway when it touched down in heavy rain in Sao Paulo, Brazil last Friday.

No passengers were injured.

The Aviation Herald reported that the SAA Airbus A330-200 skidded shortly after it touched down in heavy rain at Guarulhos Airport.

"Some gear went over grass aside of the runway before the aircraft returned onto the runway and came to a stop with a number of tyres deflated," the report stated.

"The crew managed to steer the aircraft back onto the runway before slowing the aircraft to taxi speed and stopping the aircraft after vacating the runway via high speed exit DD about 2 300m down the runway."

The runway was closed for about six minutes for an inspection and the removal of dirt.

'Heck of a job'

The aircraft underwent an inspection, and was not able to depart on its return flight.

Flight SA-222 had flown from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

"The incident happened on Friday. There was bad weather as the plane landed, and it skidded," SAA spokesperson Dileseng Koetle said.

A passenger on the plane, Johann Muller, commented in the Aviation Herald that the pilot "did a heck of a job" to land in those conditions.

"Literally 100m before we hit the runway the rain poured down and before that it was completely clear. We were circling for 45 minutes before we got the clear from the tower to land and the pilot made the passengers aware of the situation the whole time.

"After the sliding on the runway, the captain remained completely calm and made no fuss of the near disastrous landing. Being a frequent traveller, I could hear the concern and relief in his voice. I believe the tower should have given better indications of the weather as this was very misleading," Muller wrote.

- Were you on the plane or have you had a similar experience? Send us your experiences.

  • John - 2012-02-27 15:45

    Sounds like 10/10 to the pilots... Skills in life are only truly tested under severe conditions.

  • Mzamo - 2012-02-27 15:46

    Well done Captain. Thank God for saving your people....

      gouws.steven - 2012-02-28 09:08

      Why do people thank a non being - a god did nothing. It was humans and technology that saved the people!

      Karolyn - 2012-02-28 10:11

      @Jon - A couple of months ago, a druck was driving down a steep hill (that is offlimits to trucks) and had break failure. He went through a busy 4 way stop without casualties, took out a large tree on the pavement in front of a nursery school with the kids playing just meters away (they were hit by the branches and covered in sand), the driver then managed to turn the truck and proceeded to cross over the road and came to a stop inside a house just a meter away from a mother and her 3 daughters watching TV. The only medical requirements were for a few scratches on the driver even though the roof of the house collapsed in on him. I thanked God that day (my son was one of those children hit by branches and sand) and always will. Without His intervention it could have been much worse.

      Hans - 2012-02-28 10:39

      Karolyn, God is a fictional character. Get your facts straight before posting nonsense.

      MikeBrassellSA - 2012-02-28 13:02

      Don't thank god. Thank the pilot

      Karolyn - 2012-02-28 13:39

      @gouws.steven - the fact that there was not one casualty (in cars at the stop street, the mother and her children in the house; as well as the children at the nursery school) was a miracle! Yes, there are thousands of children dying every day and adults! Not all deaths can be prevented, just as God can't prevent idiots being born every day. Somewhere along the line, 'man' has to take responsibility for his own mistakes!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-27 15:48

    I like the sound of "High Speed Exit DD" I'd like to see how it works

      Kala - 2012-02-27 16:11

      I know of a couple of girls with the same size. Not sure of the high speed exit though. Well maybe after a couple of drinks:)

      Heibrin - 2012-02-27 17:16

      Or a good curry the night before...

  • nikhil.duki - 2012-02-27 15:50

    Good Job are a good pilot.Staying calm.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 15:50

    Hooray to the pilot!! It could have been a real disaster, but your skill and experience saved the lives of your crew and passengers.. Well done!

  • Tammy - 2012-02-27 15:54

    congrats to a great pilot

  • Ian - 2012-02-27 15:57

    any landing is a controlled crash,and one you walk away from even better

      Peter - 2012-02-28 08:36

      @Ian "any landing is a controlled crash" only applies on air craft carriers where you land under full power,so that,in the event of missing the arrester gear(cables across the deck) the pilot can just rotate(lift-off) and go around for another attempt.Landing on a normal runway could perhaps be likened to a "controlled stall."

      Nick - 2012-02-28 12:13

      In the aviation business, it is known as an 'arrival' !

  • Assis - 2012-02-27 15:59

    SAA still have amazing crew...welldone!

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-27 16:05

      When they are not peddling drugs....

      Wt - 2012-02-28 12:16

      Think those little alcoholic beverages were later handed to all passengers

  • Sammy - 2012-02-27 16:10

    Great job captain, :)

  • S - 2012-02-27 16:10

    I feel for the passengers who were due to depart on the return flight. Garulhos (Sao Paulo) is one of the worst places to be stuck in. I was also on a SAA flight that departed 4 hours late from SP - for guess what? A flat tyre. Not SAA's fault, though, it was a freak accident. When the tractor was pushing the plane out of the parking bay, the shaft connecting the tractor to the plane broke, damaging one of the front wheels. Hello lo-o-o-o-o-ong wait...

      Dmitri - 2012-02-27 16:21

      So Paulo is not a great place to be stuck in, yet it beats Lagos!!!

      Nick - 2012-02-28 12:15

      I think one of the worst places to be stuck in is O'Hare in Chicago in winter :)

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-27 16:20

    It happened on Saturday and has been reported on quite a few sites. Come on news24 - up your game. At least you are getting your info from a good site.

  • hellopat - 2012-02-27 16:21

    Give that man a bells....

      Ian - 2012-02-28 07:46

      Ya boet lekker hey, shweet my bru, thats so tit! Go Bokke! Do you listen to Coldplay aswel?

  • Thoka - 2012-02-27 16:24

    well done Mr Pilot, What is taxi speed in BEE language

      shudusO - 2012-02-27 16:41

      taxi speed...mmmmh ...thats 120km/h in a 40km/h Zone

  • Gareth - 2012-02-27 16:25

    A brazillian landing strip?? The pilot should have know to expect a slippery touch-down!

      Gareth - 2012-02-27 20:50

      WHAT? a thumbs down? Must be an Italian cruiseliner captain... they don't like jokes about water!

      duggancraig - 2012-02-28 04:52

      @Gareth, you just made my day :-)

      John - 2012-02-28 07:57

      Skerp my bru.

      Peter - 2012-02-28 08:40

      "Slippery when wet"

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-27 16:32

    Remind me of a once landing on OT, returning from Lusaka. One of the contract workers, of a mine, was returning home after a 2 week job. He, and friends enjoyed themselves too much on the refreshments and when landed on OT the landing was a bit faster and longer than normal. Being not so sharp anymore this guy was shouting on full volume "gooi daai handbrake van Wyk" Based on the laughing you could clearly saw who the white and black passengers was from SA vs the other multiracial passengers on the plane. Till today those words are stuck in my head when some-one do a fast stop.

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-27 17:12

      Hahahaha that's hilarious. I'm sure the non south africans were like wtf?

      makesuthink - 2012-02-28 08:09

      top half white bottom half brown

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-28 11:41

      I imagine the non south africans were thinking more along the lines of "stupid pissed dutchman"

  • John - 2012-02-27 16:40

    In 2007 a A320 skidded off the runway, across a public road and into a warehouse killing 200 people. It was also raining heavily. It was put down to pilot error but it was also apparent that the runway had no water channelling groves at the time. There were big puddles of water on the landing strip at the time. Sao Paulo is a notorious for the airport being difficult for landing. BTW it also one of the worst international airports on the planet.

  • leonardus.breedt - 2012-02-27 16:59

    Bad pilot why the others not going off the runway.He is not the only pilot what land in bad weather.

      Peter - 2012-02-28 08:43


      Given - 2012-02-28 11:34

      Tltltl ur dof,probably cant even drive a freakin wheelbarrow

  • Den - 2012-02-27 17:03

    Cool let the bee pilots practice there rather..

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-27 18:32

    Maybe the pilot was a drug mule, seeing that it happened in Sao Paulo, and he was just trying the avoid the white line?

      Stuka - 2012-02-28 09:11


  • Lincoln - 2012-02-27 21:09

    Its Ju Ju's fault...

  • Nik - 2012-02-27 22:35

    A plane didn't crash. No one got hurt. Why all the fuss?

  • Jay - 2012-02-27 22:44

    I was on a plane once that didn't skid off the runway.

      Nick - 2012-02-28 12:18

      Great humour ... love it !

  • Amien - 2012-02-27 23:09

    S A A send another aircraft and whats this moron and Apart Spyker he needs a Brazalian massage

  • Antonio - 2012-02-28 08:13

    Bad piloting if u ask me! As stated by another, he was the only pilot to veer off the Runway in the experienced weather AND he should never have allowed the airplane to be under those conditions in the 1st place! Aircraft have enough high tech equipment on board to detect and avoid a compromising condition. Furthermore - the Tower has nothing to do with the landing - they merely advise of current surface/runway conditions and the decision to land is always up to the pilot in command.

      Peter - 2012-02-28 08:47


      Given - 2012-02-28 11:37

      Antonio u domm

      Jacques - 2012-02-28 16:15

      NO we did not ask you, you dumb ass

  • Gareth - 2012-02-28 08:38

    Gee folks. Weather is often an issue in this part of the world. Comments about 'he couldn't have been good pilot' are a little out of order. The article mentions nothing about any other aircraft, but does say that the flight was made to circle for 45 minutes - implying that the conditions were not fit for landing, therefore, probably no other planes ere allowed to land. The SAA flight was probably the first to touch down in those conditions on that day. Good Job Cap'ain!

      hadedah - 2012-02-28 10:01

      Hi Gareth, according to what I read the tower said the weather had moderated and that their was just light rain. that was on the approach, unfortunately their was a last minute down pour of heavy rain at the time of touch down. this probably caused the skid. SAA pilots are known thought out the world as some of the finest airline pilots in the world and highly experienced pilots fly our aircraft, most of them have airforce training well before hand. I take my hat of to the captain, co-pilot and the crew who acted with absolute calm. well done SAA.

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-28 11:12


  • Moshwana - 2012-02-28 11:56

    I really praise the prffesionalism our SAA pilots have,as I experienced this on my flight to Mauritius on the intergrity and assurance they give to passengers,Long live SAA Moshwana MJ

      Melusi Myaluza - 2012-02-28 14:06

      nxxx,ass licker!

  • Thokozani - 2012-02-28 13:24

    AW!! PiloT YeaH!! mY GUY!!

  • Beto Higa - 2013-05-29 02:50

    I was lucky that this plane has all worked out in time to land, I find my African friend I met on this plane, friend if you're viewing this review please contact me, add me in facebook Beto Higa

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