- After the flight crew saw there was a problem, they turned around heading back to Cape Town
- The plane was overweight and had to burn excess weight
-It maintained a holding pattern over Robben Island for two hours
Passengers aboard a FySafair flight heading to Johannesburg from Cape Town had a thrilling experience after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to being overweight.
The airline released a statement reassuring Mzansi that they had the situation under control and that the passengers who were aboard the plane would be compensated.
The flight left ahead of schedule and after take-off, the flight crew realised there was an issue with one of the aircraft systems. To be on the safe side, they opted to turn around and head back to Cape Town International, Briefly.co.za found.
Upon closer inspection, the crew learnt that the plane was over its maximum landing weight. To reduce weight, the plane had to maintain a holding pattern over Robben Island, burning fuel as the plane was not designed to dump fuel.
Although it may have been a trying experience for nervous flyers, some passengers took the event in their strides and found a bright side to the situation.
One passenger, Kevin Joost, applauded the crew’s professionalism and saw the ordeal as an exciting experience.
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