SAA flight makes emergency landing due to 'unusual odour' in cabin

2020-02-18 10:41
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Two flight attendants on board an South African Airways Airbus A-320 flight SA-405 servicing its Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth route became ill due to an 'unusual odour' in the cabin.  

The incident took place on Monday, 17 October. This is one of the Domestic routes being cancelled by SAA as part of its business rescue process. 

SEE: SAA's current flight schedule changes 

AeroInside reports the SAA flight was approaching Port Elizabeth "when cabin crew noticed an unusual odour, two flight attendants began to feel unwell". The airline described it as a paint smell, with oxygen administered to the two affected crew members. 

Emergency services were on standby to greet the plane as it arrived. 

"The aircraft remained on the ground in Port Elizabeth for about 70 minutes, then departed for the return flight SA-410, landed in Johannesburg almost on schedule and is on the ground in Johannesburg since - about 9 hours after landing."

A full investigation is to follow. 

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