Flight delay after British Airways plane door ripped off at Cape Town airport

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  • The door of a British Airways plane was damaged at Cape Town International Airport when it was left open in the jet bridge during routine towing
  • The damage to the Boeing 777 caused flight delays.
  • No one was injured during the incident.


The door of a British Airways plane was ripped off at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday morning.

The Boeing 777's door become detached when it was left open in the jet bridge during routine towing.

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British Airways confirmed the incident, saying there had been no crew or customers on the plane at the time of the incident. No one was injured during the incident.

The return flight to London, which had been scheduled to leave later that Tuesday night, was cancelled as a result of the damage to the door. Passengers were moved to a later flight.

"We have apologised to our customers for the slight delay to their departure from Cape Town due to an issue with the original aircraft. Our customers are now safely on their way to London," British Airways said in a statement.

Airports Company South Africa said the incident occurred “while the aircraft was pushed back by a tug and repositioned for a later departure”.

“The aircraft door made contact with the Passenger Loading Bridge (Airbridge) and damage was sustained to the aircraft door and the Passenger Loading Bridge.

"The aircraft and Passenger Loading Bridge are undergoing repairs. No one was injured or harmed during this incident and no passengers were in the aircraft at the time of the incident,” said Mark Maclean, Cape Town International Airport Cluster Regional General Manager.

The incident is under investigation, said Maclean.

“We will take the necessary corrective action to prevent future incidents. We continue to work with our airlines, service providers and partners to maintain the highest safety standards at our airport,” he added.


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