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'Blackout' On SAA Plane  
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10216 times:

South African Airways is investigating the circumstances on board an international flight, which a passenger described as "terrifying and chaotic", after technical difficulties kept them in Ghana for about 11 hours.

Flight SA208 from Washington to Johannesburg was approaching the apron at Accra Airport on Saturday for people to board, when, according to a Johannesburg passenger, the plane stopped dead on the runway and experienced a blackout.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePag.../NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=102147


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10167 times:

anyone knows which aircraft?

empty batteries.... thats funny. so, was the plane plugged into a power socket somewhere in the lounge? Big grin



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10088 times:

Currently SAA operated 4 weekly JNB-ACC-IAD this will soon be changed to 3 weekly A340-300


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineUmhlanga From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9681 times:

Does this sort of thing happen often to aircraft?

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9666 times:
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a SAA guard told them there was "a very, very big problem with the plane".

"We all got very scared to get back on the plane. I was frantic.

It felt like they were playing with our lives,"


Give me a break. The lights went out on the ground for God's sake.



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User currently offlineMrMcCoy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9650 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 4):

It felt like they were playing with our lives,"

They bought the ticket.  Smile After all, it's not United or WN on safety. Big grin



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User currently offlineUmhlanga From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9604 times:

I have no doubt their lives weren't in danger (in danger of what? As Andz said, they were on the ground!), but if this is an uncommon incident on board aircraft, then the publicity can't be good for SAA. (SAA seem to have a few power woes lately, as their HQ lost power today! See http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...id=181&art_id=qw1144231381989R131) By the way, what's with the 'SAA guard'? Do SAA have guards at ACC, or bring them along on flights? Or did one of the article's sources simply mistake an ACC airport security officer (who may not have any special, or accurate, knowledge about the plane's condition) for an SAA employee?

User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 924 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9535 times:

Quoting MrMcCoy (Reply 5):
They bought the ticket.

... they knew what they were getting into. I say let em crash.


User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2226 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9506 times:

Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 7):
... they knew what they were getting into. I say let em crash.

What a stupid thing to say!  butthead 



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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9436 times:

Quoting Umhlanga (Reply 6):
I have no doubt their lives weren't in danger (in danger of what? As Andz said, they were on the ground!), but if this is an uncommon incident on board aircraft, then the publicity can't be good for SAA.

I think there's just some "puffery" going on...Sounds like maybe an APU issue or something... I remember on one of my NW A3-something-or-other (think A320) flights went out with an inop APU... When we were on the ground there was no AC until ground power was fired up and then when we landed and the engines were shut off at the gate all of the cabin lights/AC went off and the emergency lights came on (followed by the FA making an announcement to the effect of "Had this been an actual emergency, you would have followed the white lights that you are seeing to the red lights. Red lights indicate an exit. Since this isn't an actual emergency, please DO NOT open the emergency exits. We'll be opening the main cabin door momentarially.")

Lincoln



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User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9393 times:

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
approaching the apron at Accra Airport on Saturday for people to board,

Wait, if the plane had left IAD on it's way to JNB, it wouldn't be stopping at ACC for 'people to board', would it? I would think it's the other way round since ACC-JNB isn't that far off compared to IAD-ACC.

Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 7):
... they knew what they were getting into. I say let em crash.

WHAT? Failed attempt at humor on your part.


User currently offlineUmhlanga From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9371 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 10):
Wait, if the plane had left IAD on it's way to JNB, it wouldn't be stopping at ACC for 'people to board', would it? I would think it's the other way round since ACC-JNB isn't that far off compared to IAD-ACC.

I'm not sure I get what you're saying, TinkerBelle. SAA fly IAD-ACC-JNB, and sell seats ex-ACC to JNB. Thus, as I understand it, this plane had left IAD, landed in ACC, and was on its way to the ACC terminal to pick up pax bound for JNB.


Best regards,
Umhlanga


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9360 times:

Quoting Umhlanga (Reply 11):
and sell seats ex-ACC to JNB

Thanx, that explains it. Didn't know they sell ACC-JNB seats on this leg of the journey.


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9279 times:

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 8):
What a stupid thing to say!



Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 10):
WHAT? Failed attempt at humor on your part.

I think it's meant as a joke as was used in the movie "Airplane". In that context it's kinda funny, but chances are many ppl didn't make the link.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9269 times:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 13):
I think it's meant as a joke as was used in the movie "Airplane". In that context it's kinda funny, but chances are many ppl didn't make the link.

I got the joke. Do I win a prize?



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9242 times:

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 8):
What a stupid thing to say! butthead

Your name says it all... It's a line from 'Airplane'.

Was the plane a big pretty white one, with a big stripe, and looked like a big Tylenol?


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9229 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 14):
I got the joke. Do I win a prize?

I dunno, ask the guy who made the joke in the first place...



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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3175 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9141 times:
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I get it too!!! It's a JOKE people-- wow. This situation I'm sure is a bit harrowing for people but it's not like they were airborne when it happened...

JBLU


User currently offlineLeothedog From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8928 times:

I suddenly have the urge to put "Airplane" in the DVD player.


I've got things to see and people to do.
User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8214 times:

Shaeneah.... they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into.... I say, LET 'EM CRASH. One of the best parrodies of how some news ppl sound.

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7857 times:

I have to wonder, though...were the engines shut down when this happened? If the engines were running, why would they be using the APU during taxi?

User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 924 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7857 times:

I think Airplane should be required viewing before someone can join a.net!

User currently offlineBphendri From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7771 times:

Quoting MrMcCoy (Reply 5):
They bought the ticket.  

Shana, They Bought their tickets, they knew what they where getting into, I say.... "Let their light's go out!"


 Big grin  Big grin  Big grin


User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7318 times:

Quoting Soups (Reply 2):
Currently SAA operated 4 weekly JNB-ACC-IAD this will soon be changed to 3 weekly A340-300

Are you serious?! I am flying IAD-Port Elizabeth in June and I was looking forward to flying the 747!! That sucks....unless of course the A340 won't leave me stranded in Ghana  optimist 



Prepare for take-off.
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7195 times:

Did they pass the time with sing-a-longs?

25 FlyDreamliner : If they went out in the air, no one on the plane would be complaining, now would they? Yeah, really. I'm pretty sure I'd fly KLM through AMS or Briti
26 A3xx900 : I was asking myself the same question. So, on the runway the engines went dead, no APU was running (or went dead as well) and the batteries went dead
27 FlyDreamliner : I can see a fuel issue cutting out the engines and APU, but like you said, it's still got batteries, it might stop, it wouldn't go dark. My guess is
28 Post contains images A3xx900 : EMP maybe?
29 Post contains images Ptharris : Amen to that!! Uh oh... I have the urge to break out the DVD... ... shuts off ... perfect! "John Jacob Jin...." Well, certainly that would pass the t
30 Post contains images IFEMaster : Microsoft Windows comes with the same disclaimer Y'know, this makes perfect sense. I'm tired of stupid travellers. The weak should be devoured, the s
31 Post contains images AT502B : I believe the IAD-JNB flight is going to be rerouted through DKR Senegal, and yes it still will be on the B744. Of course with the current SA regime
32 Aviationwiz : Why not try em' before you bash em'? I've gone to South Africa 4 times in the past 4 years, each time with SAA, and the service was vastly superior t
33 SkyHigh777 : Thanks! I'm going to be in Port Elizabeth for about 2 1/2 months for work, so I'll be sure to see as many of the sights as possible. I'm really excit
34 Post contains images AT502B : You might want to look at the "NEW" 2006 SA US-JNB fares. They went up pretty much US$500pp across the board including low season,I believe this take
35 9252fly : I suspect the APU shut down due to to human error(flicked a switch at the wrong time),or it was breaker that tripped. Most commercial jet aircraft do
36 Malb777 : Thats strange that is what I am watching at the moment
37 Post contains images Cadet57 : ha, thats classic you sir, have obviously never seen Airplane! yes. A free flight on WN so long as its on a tuesday, and anywhere within the Wright A
38 WannaFly : "a SAA guard told them there was "a very, very big problem with the plane" Why would you tell passangers that there was "a very, very big problem with
39 FlyDreamliner : The fact they do service for airlines I might fly scares me.... I live in MSP, I generally get a good price on anything NW/KL. Plus, SAA I'm flying M
40 Aviationwiz : What about all the incidents that happen with American carriers? Like the threads just today about a part falling off of a DC-10 engine from FX, and
41 Umhlanga : SAA have certainly made plenty of marketing mis-steps (anyone who visits their website and tries to get much relevant information aside from fares and
42 WorldTraveler : The last paragraph sums up SAA's explanation....although a failure of two parts of the electrical system does seem unusual. According to SAA spokesper
43 Post contains images Ptharris : Imagine being on the flight deck when you hear over the intercom "BONG!" and you look at your displays ahead and it's the blue "your hosed" screen Wi
44 YULWinterSkies : Then you say, oops, the computer "crashed".... Or, let's rephrase it, CNN says the computer "crashed"... Please keep Windows out of airplanes. Regula
45 Post contains images LTU932 : Hmm, so if it was up to you, you would blame SAA for the fuel leak which helped cause the inflight shutdown of both engines on TS flight 236, which s
46 FlyDreamliner : I'm sure their safety is there. I don't trust UA that much either when it comes to maintanance, but that's based on the extreme disrepair of the last
47 Andz : Second rate? third rate? any advance on third rate? This is the only thing making even half-sense that you have said in this thread.
48 FlyDreamliner : Alright, for half the time, I was trying to be funny and sarcastic, referring to an airline who has planes that simply "shut-off" and then tell people
49 Euclid : Why don't you just stay out of South Africa altogether? It's obvious that you have a huge problem with anything South African.
50 Litz : One thing I've noticed on my relatively few Airbus flights (I mainly fly DL and FL), is that the Airbus planes I've been on (mostly 319/320s) seem to
51 YYZYYT : As pointed out elsewhere - it WAS a quote from Airplane... but yes, I would love to take a flight with SAA, sadly, no plans for a trip to Africa anyt
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