Lagos-bound SAA plane makes air return

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Lagos-bound South Africa Airways (SAA) flight on Sunday made an air return to the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg after a spark was detected in the aircraft galley, the private Guardian newspaper reported here Monday, quoting SAA Consultant Tope Awe.

Awe said the aircraft, an Airbus A340-600 carrying about 300 passengers, “made an air return after a spark from a kettle in the galley,” adding that as a safety-conscious airline, the crew had to make an air return to base.

The paper quoted a Nigerian passenger on the flight, Chuks Nwanne, as saying the airplane took off at 2 p.m. Nigerian time, but less than an hour after take-off, the pilot announced that they had detected fire, and that he was going to jettison fuel to prevent any danger, and then return to the airport.

He said the airplane eventually landed safely at the airport at about one-and-a-half hours later, after which a team of engineers inspected the aircraft to rectify the problem before the airplane was certified to fly again

Among the passengers were a former Nigerian government minister, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, and Nigerian music star TuFace Idibia and his band.
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20 may 2013 10:04:59

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