kulula insists passengers never in danger

2013-02-27 18:00
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Cape Town - Low-cost airline kulula insisted on Wednesday that passengers and crew were never in any danger after an engine failed on one of its aircraft at Cape Town International Airport.

Kulula CEO Erik Venter said in a statement that the flight departing for Johannesburg had experienced "an engine failure at a very low speed, during the initial part of take off".

"The engine was shut down as per standard operating procedures and the aircraft taxied back to the parking bay without further incident.

"A full investigation regarding this incident will follow," he said.

Venter insisted that at no stage were any of the 187 passengers and crew on board in any danger.

At the time of the incident, panic-stricken passengers took to social media to voice their concerns.

Chad Tehini, posted on the airline's Facebook page: Do you comply with safety regulations? Upon departure on flight mn104 from Cape Town to jhb, an engine exploded!!! Luckily we were still on the ground! This is ridiculous!!!

Another passenger Mike Rowley tweeted: Love#Kulula, our engine just caught fire and blew pieces all over the runway on takeoff. Holy shit that was close.

Kulula responded by saying @MikeyRowley Something flew into our engine, sorry you got a fright. Our team will look after you and get you on your way safely.

The company also said that it is "currently working on re-accommodating all customers, to get them to their final destination as soon as possible".

Acsa airports manager Deidre Davids confirmed that the incident had been reported at 15:00.

A runway was closed while Acsa's fire and rescue team did an inspection to make sure that there was no debris.

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