A British Airways jumbo jet failed to rise to a desired altitude following take-off from Johannesburg airport.
The Boeing 747 Jumbo jet had 256 passengers on board when it took off but was unable to rise more than 30 feet above the ground. The aircraft’s pilot was quick in deciding to dump substantial quantity of fuel for the aircraft to reduce weight and gain height. The pilot managed to bring the aircraft back to the airport.
>’The Boeing 747 aircraft with 256 passengers on board landed safely and the customers disembarked as normal into the airport.
‘We are cooperating fully with the South African aviation safety authority’s investigation into the flight.’
Referring to the pilot’s quick actions, he added: ‘Our crews are trained extensively to deal with all eventualities.’ >
A technical fault may have caused the plane to go on a landing mode where the flaps that help the aircraft rise did not work.
An investigation is in progress to find out the real cause of the near fatal take off.