Pilot hits the brakes at King Shaka Airport

File: Mango Airlines confirmed that a flight from Durban to Johannesburg made an emergency stop during takeoff after a sensor on the aircraft displayed a false reading. Photo: Facebook / Mango Airlines

JOHANNESBURG - Passengers onboard a flight to Johannesburg were surprised when the pilot engaged the emergency brakes as they were about to take off from King Shaka airport in Durban.

Mango Airlines confirmed that its flight JE 285 from Durban to Johannesburg experienced a delay of about 20 minutes on Wednesday afternoon at King Shaka International Airport.

"A sensor on the aircraft had displayed a false reading and, according to safety protocols, needed to be inspected. The ground crew concluded the inspection and the flight resumed shortly thereafter," said Mango Airlines spokesperson Sergio dos Santos. 

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A witness alleged that passengers were shocked and panicking after the pilot engaged the brakes.

"He (pilot) said the door of the luggage compartment opened when he was about to lift from the ground. He had to return the plane to the terminal building and [ this] resulted in 25 minutes delay," the witness said.



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