A390 From South Africa, joined Sep 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3955 times:
Flight BA 6203 incident at Durban International Airport
Johannesburg - Wednesday 18 June 2008. A British Airways flight BA6203 (operated by Comair) flying from Johannesburg to Durban encountered extremely bad weather upon landing in Durban earlier today. The aircraft hit a wet patch on the runway and skidded resulting in one of the wheels ending up off the runway as the plane was brought to a stop.
There were 87 passengers and 6 crew on board the Boeing 737-300 and no-one was injured. Passengers and crew have disembarked and are being debriefed by the flight crew and have been offered Lifeline counselling. Most passengers have now left the airport and continued on their journey, even though road traffic has been gridlocked outside the airport due to the bad weather.
Initial assessments indicate that there is very minor damage to the aircraft. The incident is currently being investigated and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been notified.
Durban airport had been closed earlier this morning due to the poor weather but had been reopened to allow aircraft to land. The airport has since been closed again while the aircraft is being removed from the runway.
Further updates will follow later today.
Vambridge From South Africa, joined Apr 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3209 times:
One can never under estimate the influence of weather on operations of airlines. For every incident that happens there is probably 10 close calls that nobody ever finds out about.
Hope the aircraft is not badly damaged. Does anybody have a Reg?
Speedbird128 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1134 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
Was a crap day in general...
I had two flights (with the same pax and crew) come back from Durbs twice that morning without landing... Mango & Kulula both went around at Durbs due wind&rain, then diverted back to JNB. They landed here at JNB and refuelled waiting for the wx to improve and departed again. Got to VAVAN and then runway was announced closed. Diverted back to JNB again. SAA534 got a quick turn back before APDAK even, -she was lucky and got back into JNB quickly- as things were starting to back up from the south at STV and ESTED again...