- A panel from a Mango plane reportedly fell off during a flight over Stellenbosch
- The airline has since confirmed the reports but said not all the details were correct
- They referred to claims that a township resident picked the panel up and sold it back to Mango
Mango Airlines has confirmed that a piece of one of their planes fell away from the main body of the aircraft over Stellenbosch.
According to the airline, the incident took place almost two weeks ago and news quickly started circulating online.
Briefly.co.za learned the panel was reportedly a side wing to a body fairing on a Boeing 737 that was en route to OR Tambo from Cape Town.
The reports first surfaced on local news website Scrolla and Mungo Soggot detailed in an article what happened.
He added that the piece of aircraft landed in Kayamandi township, "and allegedly, a local sold the part back to the airline".
However, Mango Airlines denied that anyone sold the part back, despite Soggot claiming there was photographic proof of the transaction, The South African reported.
Despite Mango claiming the damage posed no risk to the flight, South Africans were left shocked over the news.
Twitter user, @Aasifmo, commented:
"Imagine the headlines if someone died - 'Stellenbosch local killed by a Mango peel'."
Another tweep, @barrymason14, wrote:
"May not have been a safety issue at time but definitely a maintenance quality control issue, think I’ll skip Mango for now."
Andrew Worrall, who goes by the Twitter handle @AndrewDWorrall, added:
"Dropping mangoes from the sky."
Rayyan Arnold, @Arnie_1, said:
"No wonder the flights were so cheap yesterday, getting less plane for your money."
Listen to Mungo Soggot's interview on SAfmRadio below:
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