- A small plane made an unannounced landing at OR Tambo airport recently
- The pilot was apparently dropping off a friend
- Social media users were amused by the incident
A video showed a small aircraft landing in OR Tambo International Airport unannounced while other planes were queuing to take off. According to reports, the pilot of the aircraft said that he was dropping off a friend who needed to catch a flight.
FlyAfrica reported that an RV-10 light aircraft entered the airspace at OR Tambo without having filed a flight plan and proceeded to land on the taxiway adjacent to the runway.
Dale de Klerk, the owner of Alpi Aviation SA, posted footage of the incident and explained what happened. The video has gone viral on social media and while many were left amused, others raised their concerns about safety at the airport.
According to Traveller24, the Air Traffic Navigation Services at OR Tambo International(ATNS) spokesperson, Percy Morokane, has confirmed the incident.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has also been alerted. Morokane says the incident is viewed in a serious light and an investigation will follow.
Some in the FlyAfrica aviation group have criticised the light aircraft pilot's actions and called him "reckless".
Social media users also had a say. Facebook user Joria Stewart said:
"Love that guy."
Marius Nel said:
"Will he pay the landing fees over 24 or 36 months?"
While Leon Le Roux said:
"RV pilots are excused from protocol because they’re special. Anyway a touch of class can’t hurt now and again."
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