Body panel falls off Mango Boeing 737 'above Stellenbosch'

2020-02-04 09:18
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Mango says that while a panel has fallen off one of its Boeing 737s during a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, the incident in no way posed a safety risk to the flight.

The incident happened during a flight from Cape Town International to OR Tambo International at the end of January, with the flight path crossing over Stellenbosch.

Mango Spokesperson Sergio dos Santos confirmed to Traveller24 that "a panel, a side wing to body fairing, did detach from the body of one of our aircraft."

"We can assure you that the loss of this panel fairing did not pose a safety risk to the flight. We are in the process of investigating the occurrence and apart from submitting the initial report to the Civil Aviation Authority we will be sharing all subsequent evidence and findings with them once the investigation is finalised.”

A report about the incident on Scrolla.Africa indicates that the part was picked up in "Kayamandi by a local resident, who allegedly sold the part back to Mango". 

However, Dos Santos says, "I can confirm that Mango did not pay for the return of the panel."

*Compiled by Selene Brophy

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