Flight Diversions to Johannesburg After Military Jet Experiences Burst Tyre Upon Landing at King Shaka International Airport
Two planes were diverted to Johannesburg after a military jet landed at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) with a burst tyre. This news is according to IOL. According to Councillor Henning de Wet, the incident occurred Tuesday morning when an SANDF plane landed at KSIA, and the tyre/s burst. The KSIA confirmed the incident, stating that a military jet landed on Monday, February 20, at 4:30 pm with a reported burst tyre. Following the incident, Lift and FlySafair planes had to be diverted to Johannesburg to allow the SANDF plane to be moved from the runway.
The KSIA immediately attended to the situation, conducting a runway inspection that complied with all protocol processes before reopening the runway. While the airport’s operations are back to normal, some flights were delayed due to the incident. The KSIA apologised to all passengers for any inconvenience caused.
In reacting to the incident, Henk Hugo commented that a burst tyre on landing is not uncommon. Similarly, Sfiso Baba Ka Demo commented on the success of Armed Forces Day in Richards Bay, expressing hope that it will be celebrated annually.
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