She did suffer a tailstrike a while ago, but it was very minor. There was a picture of the damaged tail in one of the local newspapers at the time, and it did little more than just scrape off some paint. The flight crew were not even aware of the fact and had to be informed by ATC of the strike. I read the report of the accident investigation on the CAA's (Civil Aviation Authority) website. Will see if I can find it again a bit later, too lazy now. It boils down to wrong weight figures being mistakenly used in the calculations for the take-off speeds, and then rotating at too low an airspeed. My girlfriend's boss is the wife of a SAA pilot, and he told me that the crew involved was flying again not too long after the incident, presumably after an internal SAA investigation. Apparently a contributing factor was the fact that the flight engineer was having marriage problems at the time and as such had a lot of things on his mind, causing him to mistakenly use the wrong figures. Of course that is not mentioned in the CAA report. There are, as always in any incident or accident, a lot of other contributing factors as well.
Just found the report. If you want to see it for yourself, go to www.caa.co.za
, click on Accidents and Incidents, select 2003, and scroll down to 11 March. The report will open in Acrobat Reader.