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SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:06 pm

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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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:18 pm

What type of A/C were they? And where did you find this out?
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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:32 pm

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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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:36 pm

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

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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:03 pm

JFK-JNB is operated with a 744 (soon to be an A340)... not sure about the AZ a/c.
 
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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:20 pm

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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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Tue Jan 27, 2004 3:20 am

saa use a 744 on that route
 
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RE: SAA Airplane Hit By An Alitalia Plane

Tue Jan 27, 2004 7:14 am

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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