Air Zimbabwe has confirmed that its Boeing 767 plane on a flight from Johannesburg to Harare briefly caught fire mid-air. The incident happened on Sunday, 28 April 2019.
The plane, however, managed to complete the flight with no human injuries reported.
Full statement below:
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Incident on Flight UM462 on 28 April 2019.
28 April 2019 at 2200hrs.
Air Zimbabwe wishes to inform the public that their Boeing 767-200ER servicing flight UM462 (JNB/HRE) on 28 April 2019 experienced a malfunction on one of its engines resulting in a brief tail pipe fire. However, the malfunction did not threaten the continuation of the flight and safety of the crew and passengers on board and it landed safely in Harare at 2035hrs. Our engineers have commenced the requisite investigations and a report will be issued in due course.
We regret to inform our valued passengers that this incident may result in a disruption of our normal schedule. Schedule updates will be published on our website www.airzimbabwe.aero.
Issued by Air Zimbabwe Management
The plane incident was first reported on Twitter around 7PM buy individuals that saw the fire and assumed it would return to OR Tambo International Airport. The plane, however, proceeded to Harare.