Comair apologises after BA plane ‘incident’ at OR Tambo

A BA aircraft experienced failure with a landing gear shortly after touching down from PE yesterday.

Comair confirmed that one of its planes was involved in an incident at OR Tambo International Airport on 26 october 2015. Picture: ‏@airlivenet

JOHANNESBURG - Comair has apologised to customers after an incident involving one of its British Airways planes at OR Tambo International Airport.

The aircraft experienced failure with the landing gear shortly after touching down from Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Comair said the British Airways plane experienced an 'unusual vibration' which was followed by the collapse of the left landing gear.

The incident resulted in some delays, but no one was injured.

Comair CEO Erik Venter says, "We'd like to extend an apology to affected passengers for any undue stress and inconvenience. The safety of our passengers and crew is a top priority and Comair and the relevant authorities will be conducting the necessary investigation over the coming days."

Meanwhile, one passenger who was on board the flight applauded the manner in which the pilot handled the situation.

"As we touched down [we heard] a massive bang. You could feel the plane lift to the left and our lady pilot kept us to the straight and narrow and pretty much safely to a stop.

Another said, "I think the pilots did fantastically well to keep the plane the way that they did; but the plane did come to a standstill, as abruptly as possible."

Image: Lina Lekgothwane