- Mzansi was left stunned after learning about a British Airways plane that had its door ripped off
- The incident took place at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, 25 January during a jet bridge towing routine
- British Airways released a statement apologising to the affected customers who were meant to aboard the damaged plane
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There is never a dull moment in Mzansi. In the latest unbelievable moments, a door was ripped off a British Airways plane at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, 25 January.
A Twitter post shared by @IvanLeonZA stated that it was the Boeing 777's door that was forcibly removed. The cause of the incident is said to have happened during a jet bridge towing routine when the door was left open.
He captioned the tweet:
“British Airways Boeing 777-300ER - Cape Town International Airport International Terminal - 26 January 2022. "That'll Buff Right Out!"”
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It was further reported that the damaged plane was booked to be used for a return flight to the UK and passengers were moved to a later flight.
Responding to the shocking incident which subsequently affected its customers, the airline said:
"We have apologised to our customers for the slight delay to their departure from Cape Town due to an issue with the original aircraft. Our customers are now safely on their way to London," British Airways said in a statement as reported on News 24.
Online users took to Twitter to unpack the rather unusual incident:
“Damn, why didn't he/she request to have it closed so as to re-position the bridge? That's a long GS delay.”
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“Must be a new Covid19 fresh air policy.”
“It’s a safety measure to prevent blowing a slide!”
“I’m gonna say that is gonna cost somebody their job.”
“Seen something similar happen due to a lack of chocks being installed and parking brake not set.”
“Could be an issue getting the aircraft pressurised...and maybe breezy in the first few rows of the cabin.”
Airlink plane crashes into large bird on the way to Limpopo
The collision caused a propeller blade to break off. The bird that flew into the propeller had an estimated wingspan of 2.73m and weighed 18kg. It is believed to be a kori bustard, the biggest flying bird found in Africa.
According to TimesLIVE, the crash occurred upon landing at the Venetia airfield and no injuries have been reported. However, the aircraft was damaged by the collision; precisely, a cabin window that broke when the propeller broke off and a seat was embedded with pieces of the blade.
Source: Briefly News