Cargo plane makes emergency landing

Smoke in the cockpit caused a Boeing 737 cargo plane to make an emergency landing.

The Cape Town international Airport. Picture: SA Tourism

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) said on Wednesday an aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday night.

The Boeing 737 cargo plane en route to Port Elizabeth was forced to turn back soon after takeoff.

It's been reported smoke was seen emanating from the plane's cockpit.

However, ACSA could not confirm this.

The company's Deborah Francis said, "The pilot alerted the airport that there could potentially be problems with the aircraft. The aircraft subsequently landed safely and we had our safety rescue officials on standby."

She said there were no passengers on board as it was a cargo flight.