South Africa: Aircraft involved in two emergency landings in three days

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – For the second time in three days, a passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Johannesburg following loss of cabin pressure.

Low-cost airline FlySafair has confirmed that the same aircraft was involved in both incidents.

On Sunday night, flight FA103 which was en route from Johannesburg and Cape Town experienced a sudden loss of cabin pressure and oxygen masks were deployed.

The company said the aircraft reached an altitude of approximately 32,000 feet when Captain Lawrence Banda and First officer Charles Peck noted that the air pressure wasn’t stabilising as it should and that the aircraft was experiencing a very gradual loss of pressure.

In the previous incident on Friday, the same aircraft also lost air pressure while flying above Bloemfontein from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Passenger Alice Cardarelli took to Twitter to describe the Sunday night ordeal as “terrifying”.

Technical teams are currently investigating the problem and it is unclear when the aircraft will be able to fly again. FlySafair said the aircraft had undergone its last major service check on 25 November 2015.

The airline was established in August 2013 and was granted approval by the South African Air Service Licensing Council to launch operations with 10 daily services between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
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25 january 2016 11:48:08

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