The South Africa Airways confirms that the crew operating the plane from Accra to Ghana noticed fumes or smoke in the cockpit.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says the plane crew followed the necessary protocol and turned the plane around.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show, Tlali says the incident is currently under investigation.
The suggestion made that there was a fire in the cockpit is entirely inaccurate.— Tlali Tlali, Spokesperson - SAA
When the aircraft was airborne, the commander of the aircraft then made an announcement to the effect that smoke was being detected and noticed in the cockpit. It appears that that information was processed by passengers to suggest that there was a fire.— Tlali Tlali, Spokesperson - SAA
The cockpit crew communicated what they saw, smoke and not fire. There was no fire in the cockpit.— Tlali Tlali, Spokesperson - SAA
Will no answers as to when another plane will be coming in, or whether or not it will be a new plane. Passengers disgruntled. Kids vomiting. Scared. Shook. Terrible way they handled the situation. @flysaa— Deborah Cox (@Deborah_Cox) August 5, 2019
So disappointed in South African airlines. After 3 hours delay on the plane to take care of a damaged door, they still insisted on flying the damaged plane which later had to turn back around to Accra.— Deborah Cox (@Deborah_Cox) August 5, 2019
Concern for our safey? None.
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