For the second time in seven days, a Cape Town-bound flight leaving East London was diverted to Gqeberha, following a technical issue reported in the cockpit. FlySafair, however, has clarified the situation.
FlySafair plane reports second technical issue in a week
Last week, a FlySafair plane on the same route also had to make an unscheduled stop, after pilots noted a very minor cause for concern. As a precaution, the aircraft halted its journey, before resuming on its path to Cape Town an hour later. It seems something strikingly similar happened again on Monday.
Speaking to TheSouthAfrican, FlySafair spokesperson Kirby Gordon revealed that the pilots on board this second flight received an indication that a component was ‘out of limits’. In aviation terms, this is a relatively small issue – but the airline says it has to prioritise passenger safety, and therefore, a rapid rerouting was necessary:
“The flight was destined from East London to Cape Town, and had departed East London on time. After take-off the crew received an indication that there may be a component out of limits. As before, we’ll always act conservatively and decided to head down to PE to inspect, but couldn’t detect a fault.”
‘Nothing to worry about’, says airline
Gordon went on to explain that the plane in question is now subject to further inspections, and will be assessed at a depot in Johannesburg. These twin incidents come at a sensitive time for SA’s aviation industry, after all flights operated by Comair were grounded for a week in March. FlySafair, however, are far from panic stations:
“We decided to rather ferry down a backup to continue the flight, and ferry that aircraft back to Joburg for deeper inspection. It’s never ideal to divert an aircraft because it inconveniences customers and costs the airline a considerable amount of money. But it’s our policy to always act conservatively with any possible safety concern.”
“It’s never about the money, though – it’s always about safety and doing the right thing.”