Passengers onboard a FlySafair flight from OR Tambo to Durban on Saturday have lauded the pilots and crew of FA380, after they landed safely at their destination amid technical problems in the cockpit.

FlySafair encounters ‘technical issue’

Kirby Gordon, the CMO of FlySafair, has shared a public statement confirming the incident. A false indication on the dashboard suggested that a parking brake was still ‘engaged’ – if so, that would mean one of the plane’s tyres would remain locked in place upon landing, leaving 155 passengers in a perilous position.

Thankfully, the warning was incorrect. The experienced flight crew was able to land without any further issues, and the impact that travellers were told to brace for never actually came. All’s well that end’s well, right?

“FlySafair can confirm that the flight arrived safely in Durban after a brief concern regarding a technical issue on the aircraft. Just after 13:00, the crew received a false indication that a parking brake might be engaged. Sensitive aircraft equipment can sometimes provide false indications but the crew followed the required safety procedures.”

Kirby Gordon

‘The cabin crew were shouting brace!’ – An eyewitness account

Ismael Mahomed, a Director at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was on board the flight in question yesterday. He took to his Facebook page to commend the airline staff, painting a vivid picture of the approach into Durban:

“The captain described the problem calmly. I looked around to see if anyone was going to break into panic or prayer. Nobody did even though he explained that the plane would land with a loud screech. There wasn’t even panic in the air when he explained that the ground was being prepared with fire engines and ambulances.”

“The cabin crew rehearsed passengers for a braced landing. All we could here were the voices of the cabin crew shouting out “Brace!” The plane landed. I didn’t hear the screech. I heard passengers applaud. We were alive. We were in the hands of a professional flight crew that handled the entire crisis with total control, calmness, and efficiency.”

Ismael Mahomed


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