SAA crew held for cocaine at Heathrow

Eyewitness News has learnt several more South African Airways crew members have been detained at...

South African Airways. Picture: Shayne Robinson/SAPA

Eyewitness News has learnt several more South African Airways crew members have been detained at <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Heathrow<placename w:st="on">International<placetype w:st="on">Airport in connection with the smuggling of illegal goods.

The SAA employees were taken in for questioning after UK authorities found contraband on their crew bus.

SAA’s Robyn Chalmers said it was still unclear how many staff members were arrested.

“We understand that there have been some arrests made or certainly some detentions made by authorities in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">London after contraband was found in the crew bus at Heathrow airport,” said Chalmers.

Last month a security guard and an SAA crew member were charged with corruption and fraud in connection with a massive drugs bust at Heathrow.

A consignment of dagga and cocaine worth millions of rand was found in staff luggage.