Passengers on a recent Mango Airlines flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town had a scary moment when the plane took a nosedive before making an emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport.
After an investigation was conducted on the Boeing 737 aircraft, it was discovered that a faulty part had been fitted by SAA Technical.
None of the 147 passengers sustained injuries during the ‘jolt’ which caused the Mango flight to nosedive.
An international crime syndicate was discovered by SAA
South African Airlines (SAA) revealed to Fin24 on Sunday that an international crime syndicate had infiltrated the airline and hundreds of millions of rands had been looted through corrupt tenders in which it is possible that defective parts had been used.
SAA Technical, who, along with Mango, is owned by SAA, is said to have fitted the defective part which caused the incident to the Mango aeroplane, without any clear service history.
This crime syndicate is not only looting SAA but placing passengers and crew’s lives at risk.
SAA Technical admit to a security breach
SAA Techical have admitted that the crime syndicate have been supplying the faulty parts without any concerns to the lives at risk.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali has stated that an attempt to restore governance at the company and across all subsidiaries will be resolved and consequence will be enforced.
The airline will ensure that the law is enforced and adhered to in regards to management and finances.
SAA pilots threaten to go on strike
SAA and South African Express were both in the news last week for failing to submit their audited annual reports to Parliament by the September 30 deadline despite SAA pilots warning they would strike if the State Owned Entity (SOE) did not get their act together.
The pilots are frustrated as their is a major skills deficit that needs to be addressed.
In a letter from the SAA pilots, some of the demands were:
- A CEO be appointed within the next 90 days who has work experience to turnaround an airline of a similar size to SAA as well as CEO experience.
- A retired or active pilot with experience in large jet-powered aircraft be appointed to the SAA Board.
- Restructuring of Flight Operations.
- A skills audit which must be acted on and implemented.
SAA described as an “unfixable mess”
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) executive director Heinrich Volmink said that government have bailed the airline out over the past 11 years with around R50-billion and it is still unable to stay in the air.
In this instance, perhaps the problem lies with the rookie inspectors, two of which were recently given A350 training by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) while another who has been trained to inspect Boeing 737-800 but has never actually flown one.
A senior SAA pilot told media last month that it was pointless providing theoretical Airbus training to inexperienced inspectors who could not fly the jets, and compared it to a nurse performing brain surgery.