Air Zim Explains Aborted Take-Off At OR Tambo, Denies Under-fueling Plane


National airline Air Zimbabwe has come out to explain why one of its Boeing 767-200 aircraft had to abort its take-off from OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa, on the 14th of September. There have been reports that the plane had to cancel its take-off due to under-fueling and a battery problem.

In a statement, Air Zimbabwe said,

** Aborted Take-off UM462 JNB/HRE, 14/09/2018. **

We take pride in our impeccable safety record since 1980 and we continue to value the safety of our passengers at all times. In the instance of the aborted takeoff on flight UM462

During taxi, a cargo door indicator light came on. As a safety precaution, the pilot aborted take-off and returned to the ramp. Engineers checked the cargo hold, assessed the aircraft and cleared it for take-off.

Refuelling had to be done to ensure the aircraft took off with the mandatory full level for the flight + 1-hour reserve as per standard. We stand by our pilot’s decision to abort take-off and ensure our valued passengers’ safety.

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