VIDEO: SA plane makes emergency landing shortly after take-off

VIDEO: SA plane makes emergency landing shortly after take-off

A wheel damage scare forced an emergency landing in Johannesburg.

FlySafair plane emergency landing
FlySafair plane emergency landing / TikTok

A FlySafair flight destined for Cape Town from Johannesburg had to make an emergency return to Johannesburg on Sunday when one of its rear wheels was damaged during take-off.

As the flight took off, ground staff at OR Tambo reported witnessing damage to one of the aircraft’s rear wheels, writes News24.

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News outlets have reported that the heroic pilots and crew ensured a safe landing.

Take a look at the video indicating the exact moment the rear wheel damage ocurred:

@centralnewsza 🔴ICYMI🔴The wheel on a FlySafair flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town was damaged during take-off, forcing the aircraft to return to Johannesburg. In a statement, the airline reported that Flight FA212 had departed from OR Tambo International Airport as scheduled at 11:32 AM. The plane made a safe emergency landing at OR Tambo. 🎥Supplied #southafrica #news #newsstories #SAMA28 ♬ original sound - Central News

The airline stated that the plane changed its route to return to Johannesburg and circled near Parys to use up fuel, reducing the aircraft's weight before landing.

“This is standard procedure when there is no urgency to land, as it’s safer to land with a lighter fuel load, and modern Boeing 737 aircraft do not have the facility to dump fuel,” explained Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair, to IOL

Kirby further mentions, "The aircraft passed overhead at approximately 13:20, and observers confirmed that one of the four rear wheels had come adrift during the take-off roll. The wheel affected was one of the two attached to the left rear landing strut.The aircraft proceeded into a second holding pattern over Centurion to burn away any remaining fuel before their final landing approach.”

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OR Tambo International Airport welcomed the plane back to safety at around 2pm accompanied by response vehicles as a precautionary measure.

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