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FlySafair plane makes emergency landing at Cape Town Airport

“After take-off the flight crew received an indication that there may be a technical issue with one of the aircraft systems..."

FlySafair flight FA102 had to make an emergency landing at Cape Town airport on Thursday evening following a system error with the aircraft’s weight.

In a statement the airline explained that the pilot announced to passengers that they would need to touch back down at Cape Town instead of O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg.

The particular model of the aeroplane is unable to dump fuel and had no other option than to land to lighten the load on board.

The aircraft was airborne for about two hours to burn off some fuel and get rid of the excess weight before returning to land at Cape Town International Airport.

The airline said the plane was able to land with a full tank of fuel but that there were risks involved, leading to the crew’s decision to burn off fuel before landing.

A statement issued by FlySafair, regarding the incident read:

“After take-off the flight crew received an indication that there may be a technical issue with one of the aircraft systems. As a precautionary measure the crew decided to return to Cape Town to further investigate on the ground. Unfortunately the aircraft was in excess of the maximum landing weight permitted for a Boeing 737-400, so the crew were forced to maintain a holding pattern above Robben Island to burn off excess fuel so as to be light enough to land safely. Boeing 737-400 aircraft cannot dump fuel. Cape Town International Airport Air Traffic Control was naturally alerted to the situation and prepared assistance vehicles to meet the aircraft upon landing. The aircraft landed safely at 19:24 where is was met by the ACSA assistance vehicles,”

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