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19 Nov 2021
6:15 am

Sacaa should be transparent about air safety issues


Air safety is one area where transparency is of the utmost importance and this attitude, by both Sacaa and SAA, flies in the face of that basic requirement.

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It is, frankly, disturbing that the body charged with ensuring aircraft and airline safety in this country, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa), has refused to make public a report into an incident earlier this year when a South African Airways aircraft got into serious difficulties. In February, the Airbus A340-600 went into a nearstall situation not long after takeoff from OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. Recovery happened only through the automatic intervention of software, known as the “alpha floor”. Reports suggested that the flight crew – heading for Brussels, Belgium, to collect SA’s first vaccine shipment –...