Fastjet Plane Aborts Landing At Joshua Nkomo Airport Due To Poor Lighting, Forced To Return To Harare

A Fastjet Plane flying from Harare to Bulawayo on Tuesday night could not land at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport due to bad light on the runway. As a result, the plane was forced to make a U-turn and return to Harare.

Some of the passengers aboard the plane told that the plane circled over the airport for close to twenty minutes. One of the passengers said:

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We were about 10 minutes to landing when crew members alerted us that the runway lights were not functioning.

The plane had to hover above for close to 20 minutes hoping the problem could be rectified but unfortunately, it was not addressed and the plane was forced to go back to Harare.

According to, a similar incident involving Air Zimbabwe happened in 2015 at the same airport.


Joshua Mqabuko NkomoAir Zimbabwe

Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo is a celebrated Zimbabwean Second Chimurenga nationalist leader. He founded a number of political movements against the settler regime with the most notable being the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) which he founded in 1962. Affectionately known as "Father Zimbabwe", Nkomo... Read More About Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo

Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe. The airline has faced financial difficulties over the last decades owing to alleged mismanagement. In June 2017, the airline was rebranded to Zimbabwe Airways in an attempt to boost the national carrier’s fleet and increase its routes.... Read More About Air Zimbabwe

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4 comments on “Fastjet Plane Aborts Landing At Joshua Nkomo Airport Due To Poor Lighting, Forced To Return To Harare

  1. Last week the Govt Dissolved the board of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ). Joshua Nkomo Airport is operated by the CAAZ. Any chance the failure of the lightson the runway is connected? Maybe it was someones job to turn them on? LOL

  2. Question: Where & To Whom can the relevant passengers personal $ refund claims for transport fm airport, accommodation for the night in Harare & transport back to the airport the following morning be submitted⁉️

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