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SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane  
User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5875 times:

More than 180 passengers aboard a South African Airways flight were stranded in Dakar, Senegal, after the aircraft bound for New York was involved in an accident in the early hours yesterday.

SAA confirmed that Flight 203 flying to New York from Johannesburg via Dakar was damaged by an Alitalia aircraft while parked in a bay at the airport where it had been refuelling.

SAA spokesman Rich Mkhondo said: "The Alitalia flight clipped our aircraft and damage was done to the rudder and fuselage, but no passengers were hurt."

The passengers had been accommodated in a local hotel before some flew to New York late last night and others flew to Atlanta, via Cape Town. From Atlanta they will get a connecting flight to New York.

One of the passengers on the flight was Shoprite/Checkers boss Whitey Basson, who was on his way to New York on holiday with his family.

A company spokesman said according to Basson the accident was not too serious and passengers had been treated well during the delay.

Mkhondo said the return flight from New York to Johannesburg last night had to be cancelled and technicians were dispatched yesterday to inspect the damaged plane in Senegal.

There will be a flight today (Monday) and passengers who were due to fly from New York yesterday would be split between Monday's flight to Johannesburg via Dakar and the flight via Atlanta, then Cape Town.

"We hope the situation will become normal on Wednesday. We do not know the extent of the damage to the plane yet.
"We will only know this after our technicians have assessed the damage," said Mkhondo.

Source: http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=269&fArticleId=333342

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User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5751 times:

What type of A/C were they? And where did you find this out?

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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

This sounds like a 777 to me, because the route is JFK-Johannesburg. That would be bad of the type of aircraft was a 777. Those Alitalia 777s are brand new aircraft, not more than 2 years old. Does Alitalia still operate 744 or the 763ERs? If this accident proved to be fatal, which it hopefully isn't, it would mark the 1st aviation accident for the 777.

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User currently offlineLxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5500 times:

SAA operated 747-400 on this particular flight and Alitalia 767


User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

JFK-JNB is operated with a 744 (soon to be an A340)... not sure about the AZ a/c.

User currently offlineDelta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1450 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

Hello Thrust

1. AZ never operated B-744`s
2. SA does not have 777`s and AZ is not flying JNB-SA - New York">JFK.

I think you mixed something up here!



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User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4950 times:

Hi all,

The SAA aircraft was B747-444 ZS-SAX.

Due to the fact that SAA will now be one B744 short, the airline will be sending A340-200's on the New York route, effective from tonight's (Mon) flight.

User currently offlineMoolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4561 times:

saa use a 744 on that route

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

Who will actually be held responsible for the damage to ZS-SAX? Will AZ have to foot the bill of the repairs?

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