Gcina Ntsaluba
3 minute read
7 Nov 2019
6:00 am

Questions remain after ‘stowaway’ drama at OR Tambo

Gcina Ntsaluba

An apparently ‘conscious technician’ found in the hold shortly after takeoff forced a Kenya Airways Boeing to return to the airport.

Kenya Airways plane.

A ground staff member who apparently became an involuntary stowaway in a plane’s fuselage just before it took off has led to plenty of confusion, with none of South Africa’s aviation regulatory authorities or the airline involved willing to comment on the potentially deadly incident yesterday. The serious breach of aviation rules involved a Kenya Airways Boeing 787 – flying from Johannesburg to Nairobi – which had to return to OR Tambo International Airport after a maintenance engineer was found on board. According to the online publication Aviation Herald, the Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8, registration 5Y-KZC, was flying out of...