1Time aircraft hit by difficulties again

By SAPA Time of article published Aug 21, 2012

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A 1Time aircraft forced to do an emergency landing earlier this month after an engine failed, experienced engine difficulties again on Monday, the airline said.

The difficulties were encountered as flight T6 647 from Cape Town started its descent into Durban.

“During cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, cockpit indicators revealed that the left-hand engine had experienced technical problems,” it said in a statement.

Airline spokeswoman Refilwe Masemola later said the aircraft was the same one that had to make an emergency landing at Durban's King Shaka International Airport on August 5 after its left-engine failed.

“This is the same aircraft, but this time it is a different engine. Everything was checked out. This was an unforeseen problem,” she said.

The aircraft was able to safely operate on its other engine and no one was injured.

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) could not be reached for comment.

Last time, the plane was going to Cape Town, when it had to turn back minutes after take off.

The runway at the airport was closed for the emergency landing.

At the time, SACAA spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu said debris had fallen out of the left engine. - Sapa

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