Airlink regrets to confirm that its flight, SA8739, was involved in a landing incident at OR Tambo International Airport at 21.20 this evening.
The aircraft, an Avro RJ85, with 73 passengers and 4 crew onboard, landed safely with its nose-wheel retracted.
None of the passengers or crew were hurt in the emergency landing.
The flight departed OR Tambo International Airport at 19.10 this evening and was expected to land at Pietermaritzburg at 19.40. The aircraft experienced problems with its nose-wheel shortly after take-off. In accordance with procedure, the crew turned back to OR Tambo International and burned off fuel before landing.
“The well-being of our passengers and crew are our foremost consideration. We have mobilised counsellors to provide support to the passengers and crew and we are arranging accommodation for them. We will also provide alternative travel arrangements for the passengers,” explained Rodger Voster, Airlink CEO & Managing Director.
Airlink has alerted the Civil Aviation Authority and will provide any support and assistance that the investigators require.
Further updates will be issued as information becomes available.
Issued by Airlink
Karin Murray, Airlink
Tel: 011 451 7335
Mobile: 082 854 1988