'Give that pilot a bells!' social media buzzes after turbulence-hit SAA flight

2014-07-17 09:35
Cape Town - 'Give the pilot a bells!'

This was the general response on social media after the pilot of an SAA flight managed to land safely, despite severe damage to his aircraft and several passenger injuries caused by turbulence.   

Flight SA286 was en route from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on Wednesday when it hit a suspected patch of Clear-Air Turbulence (CAT), which is said to be impossible to detect with the naked eye and very difficult to pick up with conventional radar.

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that 20 people (17 passengers and 3 crew) were injured on board. The airline said 18 of the injured people had been discharged from hospital, while the two who sustained serious injuries remain in medical care for observation.

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These are a few of the comments users left on News24's Facebook page in praise of the pilot and his crew:

Nangamso Mtshakaci - Phew, scary moment but Give a Bells to a Pilot and his crew for safe landing

Sizo Myeni - 
Bigup to the pilots for landing safely

Jennifer Mthimkhulu - 
Give the pilots a bells..

Merylin Barendilla Broughton - 
Well done To SA Pilots, this could have been another tradgedy but passengers say the Pilots quickly regained control of Flight SAA286.

Tanya Kodydek Reiser - 
Scary! Well done to the pilots on landing the plane.

Colleen Daniels - 
Well done to our pilots and cabin crew! Get well soon to the injured people.

Pagette Pratt Forrest -
Hats off to the pilot!

Idy Adam Niang - 
Thanks to the pilots n crews for the good job we respect n trust the SAA

Georginah Tsalong - 
Oh thank u handsome pilots, i bow before u for saving lives, if it was Hlaudi we could've seen or heard of a disaster.

Rene Snayers - That pilot also needs to have his own ad. Well done! This time SA showed what excellent pilots we have!

In the wake of the incident, flight SA287 from Hong Kong to Johannesburg on Wednesday night had been delayed. Affected passengers can contact the SAA call centres on 0800 214 774 or visit the flysaa website

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