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Wednesday, June 08, 2005 | 00:00

At 08h45 this morning an Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 from Harare (UM367) performed an emergency landing and full evacuation at O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).

93 Passengers and 6 crew members evacuated the aircraft using the emergency chutes.

Emergency procedures were triggered when the pilot observed smoke in the cockpit and opted for a full evacuation on landing.

No serious injuries resulted from the emergency landing. 6 Passengers were taken to the airport clinic. Three passengers were checked by clinic staff and then discharged. The remaining three patients were sent to local hospitals for observation. The three included a pregnant woman, an epileptic and a passenger experiencing back pain.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Fire and Rescue teams were immediately on hand to assist with the landing and evacuation. Passengers were taken from the aircraft to the terminal where they were accommodated in an ACSA lounge until their baggage was retrieved from the aircraft.

One of ORTIA’s two runways was closed for approximately one hour. No major delays resulted from this closure. Passengers have retrieved their personal items from the aircraft as well as their luggage and have left the airport. 

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