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Private charter catches alight at OR Tambo

ACSA has confirmed an accident involving an airplane at O.R. Tambo International Airport today.

The tyre of  a private charter caught alight at OR Tambo International airport on 13 November 2012. Picture: @Ricic via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has confirmed there was an accident involving an airplane at O.R. Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning.

The company said as the aircraft was about to take off, one of its tyres caught fire.

ACSA spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said the plane was a private charter.

"It was taking off from our cargo area, but it was a passenger aircraft."

She said the aircraft was carrying passengers, but that no injuries had yet been reported.

One eyewitness who was at the airport told Talk Radio 702 that fire engines and emergency services were on the scene.

"The aircraft has no under carriage and is lying on its belly in the middle of the airfield."

He said it was a "DC super 80" - similar to the ones embattled budget airline 1Time used to fly.

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