SAA Cockpit Fire And Emergency Landing In Accra - Ghana
: 2019-08-06 13:47:05

A Canadian singer, Deborah Cox, recently visited Ghana, and her visit to the African continent has been filled with drama. First her luggage was left behind in the US on her flight to Ghana last week and it was only delivered to her two days after her arrival; then her flight home turned into a complete nightmare.

Following her trip to Ghana for the Ghana World Music Festival, the R&B singer was on her way back to the US on an South African Airways flight when the aircraft they were travelling in experienced some technical issues. According to Cox’s social media post, there was a fire in the cockpit and the plane had to make an emergency landing. Fortunately the plane landed safely back in Ghana with no injuries reported. Passengers and cabin crew members are heard in the background shouting:

“Brace, Brace, Get your heads down.”

“We just had the scariest situation just happen, there was a fire in the cockpit and we had to do an emergency landing. We had to literally turn around, we were in the air for about fifteen minutes and had to turn back around. I just came back through immigration, back in Ghana and uh now we’re waiting to figure out what’s gonna happen with our luggage,” she says.

The R&B superstar also tweeted her outrage at the airline saying that there had been a three-hour delay prior to the flight due to a broken door that was being fixed. Cox then lambasted the airline for not having regard for passengers' safety and not handling the situation well.

Another woman who was on the flight tweeted that there was smoke in the cockpit but thanked SAA for the quick landing. However, SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali denied that there was fire in the cockpit.

"There was no fire in the cockpit. What we are aware of at this stage is that the aircraft experienced a technical problem, making it undesirable to continue with the flight from Accra to Washington DC. The aircraft will be attended to by the technician to establish the cause of the technical problem and once this has been established, we will provide concrete details," Tlali wrote in an email response to Sowetan on Monday 05 August 2019.

"Under the circumstances such as these and following the decision to night-stop, SAA provided hotel accommodation to its customers in Accra and provided other services to mitigate the impact of the inconvenience to our passengers. In addition, we have dispatched a replacement aircraft to Accra to fly the passengers to their final destination. The flight which will operate as SA9209, will depart from Accra at 17h45 UTC, which is two hours behind the SA's time, and is expected to arrive in Washington DC on Tuesday 06 August at approximately 04h35 UTC," he said.

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