FlySafair SAA plane crash

The damage to the tail cone was significant – Photo: Supplied

LOOK: FlySafair plane left MANGLED after collision with SAA jet

Photos from a small-scale collision at OR Tambo International Airport – involving planes from SAA and FlySafair – have emerged online.

FlySafair SAA plane crash

The damage to the tail cone was significant – Photo: Supplied

An unfortunate collision between two planes at OR Tambo this weekend has left the jets involved with a significant amount of damage. The tail cone of a Boeing aircraft, belonging to FlySafair, was clattered by the wing-tip of an SAA Airbus.

FlySafair, SAA planes collide at OR Tambo

It was the SAA jet that was on the move, with the FlySafair plane stationary. Investigators are yet to fully determine what actually caused the collision, but it’s thought a ‘broken towbar’ is largely to blame.

The incident resulted in one flight cancellation for SAA. A Johannesburg to Cape Town service had to be pulled from the schedule, forcing airline staff to accommodate affected passengers on other routes. Both planes have since been removed from service.

  • Repair work is already underway for the FlySafair aircraft:
FlySafair SAA plane crash OR Tambo
Although FlySafair are still operating as usual, the collision comes at a terrible time for SAA – Photo: Facebook

Finding fault: What caused this runway ruckus?

Despite the setback, FlySafair has declared that there will be no further delays to their services. They expect the current flight calendar to remain unchanged. The plane in question is used to operate flights to Mauritius – but a contingency plan is now in place.

SAA, however, will be a little more miffed with the situation. They only have SEVEN planes in operation at the moment. To have one drop out of the fleet due to an incident of this nature is far from ideal. However, the human cost of the accident has been at a minimum.

Thankfully, there have been no casualties to report as a result of this small-scale smash-up. There’ll be a couple of significant repair bills, but that’s about it. Attention now turns to the ongoing probe, which will aim to clarify exactly how this embarrassing episode was allowed to happen.

SAA FlySafair OR Tambo plane crash
There were no casualties to report, but the blame game is well and truly underway – Photo: Facebook