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Faulty radar responsible for SA Airlink "hijack" alert

SA Airlink claims a faulty alert from an aircraft transponder led officials to believe the plane had been hijacked during a flight from Cape Town to Pretoria.

Families and passengers were in a state of panic on Monday, as reports of the so-called hijacking surfaced on social media.

SA Airlink CEO Roger Foster says the false alert appeared approximately 10 minutes prior to landing.

The flight crew confirmed that they did not send out any alert to air traffic control while on board the aircraft, Foster explains.

The two pilots adamantly maintain that there was no physical intervention inside the cockpit that would have dialed in the code to depict a hijack alert.

Roger Foster, SA Airlink CEO

Meanwhile, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) insists that their systems were operating normally.

ATNS COO, Peter Marais says air traffic controllers responded to the hijack alert which appeared on the radar.

Marais explains that, statistically, there is potential for the signal transmission to be falsely detected or processed.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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