'Criminal syndicate' caused Mango Airlines emergency landingChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 6, 2019
There was high drama on board a recent Mango Airlines flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, after one of their planes was “forced into a nosedive” before making an emergency landing at OR Tambo.
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No-one on board the aircraft was injured, and all 147 passengers were able to disembark without an issue once they were on the ground.
But as reports suggest on Sunday, “a criminal syndicate” who have been supplying shoddy parts for Mango are to blame.
There have been a couple of scares at South African airports in the past year: A FlySafair flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg had to return to the Mother City due to an issue with its weight capacity.
Meanwhile, an Air Zimbabwe flight made a safe landing after a “small plane fire” was reported over OR Tambo.
The incident with Mango was described as a “jolt” by one of the senior managers.
But the air-scare has lead investigators down a dark and murky path: The preliminary investigation into the Mango Boeing 737 incident found that the defective part which caused the nosedive had no clear service history, despite being fitted by SAA Technical who, along with Mango Airlines, are owned by the state airline South African Airways (SAA). ■