Top travel stories for the week

2014-02-07 14:28
A mammoth plane swooping low over Cape Town, a terrible crash at Lanseria and passengers forced to stand on a seemingly overbooked flight – this was one eventful week for the aviation industry, as no less than three of our top 5 stories were related to air travel.  

Then leaning over to the lighter side, it’s no surprise that a bit of romance made the cut with Valentine’s Day just a week away (oh *sigh*). Finally, our readers proved once again that they love a little element of quirkiness as weird-looking aircraft snuck in at the fifth position.    

Missed out on any of these stories? No stress! We’ve got them rounded up nicely for you here. Check them out: 

1. BA A380 swoops low over Cape town  

Capetonian aviation enthusiasts were treated to a supersized surprise on Wednesday when British Airways sent one of their gorgeous A380s to circle the Mother City. In a statement released by the airline they explained that the reason for the flight was to photograph the aircraft against the backdrop of a South African landmark (in the case, Table Mountain), in celebration of the A380 starting services to OR Tambo on 12 February.  

We got a whole lot of amazing pics from our readers and also managed to capture the flight on video.  

2. Mango accused of letting passengers stand during overbooked flight  

A Mango passenger contacted 702 Talk Radio accusing the low cost SAA subsidiary of making passengers stand at the back of an allegedly overbooked Mango flight. However, Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser said that no rules were broken.
Check out the full article here

Lanseria plane crash  

A light aircraft carrying three people crashed at Lanseria International on Monday morning. Sadly, all three people on board the Beechcraft King Air BE90 twin-engine aircraft died in the accident. While original reports speculated that the crash may have been caused by rainy weather and bad visibility, a later report suggested that pilot could have been trying to avoid the Execujet airport building close to the crash site. Airport operations were not affected by the incident.

4. 5 affordable romantic weekend escapes

February is the month of love since advertisers made it so, but love should be celebrated every month. A weekend away can be the perfect chance to rekindle a flickering love flame or set a new spark ablaze.  Check out these five super dreamy and pocket friendly places to take your beau or gal on a romantic weekend and celebrate friendship and love.

5. 10 Weird looking planes  

While we’ve been jetting around the globe on streamlined Airbuses and Boeings, NASA and a variety of air forces have been experimenting with some really wacky designs for aircraft. We rounded up a few of the strangest, including a flying saucer, a ‘pregnant guppy’ and an angular stealth craft.

Check out these 10 weird looking planes.  

 Now that you’ve brushed up on our top stories, check out our top pics for the week on Pinterest.   
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