Proflight Zambia plane develops fault on take off, forced to land

Proflight Zambia plane develops fault on take off, forced to land

PROFLIGHT2A LIVINGSTONE-BOUND Proflight Zambia plane Boeing 737-200 carrying 75 passengers yesterday aborted its flight after developing a mechanical fault a few minutes after take-off at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
The aircraft, which took off at 12:30, was forced to land shortly.
Proflight Zambia spokesperson Gillian Langmead confirmed the incident in response to a press query, saying the alternative aircraft arranged to ferry the passengers to Livingstone
would continue to operate until the plane is cleared by engineers.
Ms Langmead said management has instituted investigations into the cause of the mechanical fault on the plane.
β€œThe aircraft which took the passengers to Livingstone will be used until our current 737 is signed out by engineering to resume operations. The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority,” Ms Langmead said.
She said Proflight Zambia takes pride in its excellent safety record and at no point
was there any danger to the passengers or crew.
Ms Langmead said a 737-200 aircraft had been deployed from Johannesburg and was expected to arrive in Lusaka at 18:00 yesterday.
When it landed, the plane was rolled from the runway to the former Zambezi Airways hangar for inspections.
A check at the airport found the aircraft at the hangar, surrounded by engineers.

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