Scare on FlySafair as tyre shredded

29 March 2016 - 02:39 By Azizzar Mosupi

Passengers aboard a FlySafair flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Sunday experienced a tumultuous landing after one of the wheels on the plane was found to be shredded. Following an initial two-hour delay, flight FA102, which was scheduled to leave at 5.35pm, departed at 7.05pm and experienced what was described by passengers as a "bumpy" lift-off and a "rocky" landing in Johannesburg.Attempts to speak to FlySafair yesterday were unsuccessful.Speaking yesterday, passenger Ian Cameron detailed the frightening experience."The takeoff was very bumpy. It seemed as though we had hit something on the runway, but then we took off and the flight itself was okay."As we were descending to Johannesburg they announced that there was a problem landing, but that they would see what they could do to fix it and we circled the airport for a while."After that they made an announcement that everything seemed to be okay and that they were going to attempt a landing once again."We landed but the landing wasn't smooth at all, so people were not okay."From where I was sitting it even smelled like someone had vomited in the back of the plane, maybe from stress," said Cameron.After the plane landed and people had disembarked safely, Cameron said it was realised that one of the plane's tyres was shredded."I started taking photos and a lady from FlySafair told me I wasn't allowed to take photos . the groundsman there wasn't very helpful and neither were the people on the flight because they weren't communicating what was happening properly."Cameron said that after using Twitter to air his grievances about the terrifying flight, FlySafair staff contacted him and told him that a full report would be made available to him today."To be fair, the staff I've dealt with after the fact have been very helpful, even though the ones on the flight and immediately after weren't," he said.

This article is reserved for Sunday Times subscribers.

A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day or Financial Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.