A British Airways flight has crash landed at Johannesburg’s International airport after its port (left) landing gear or undercarriage collapsed as it touched down.
BA flight BA6234 was scheduled to fly from Port Elizabeth in Cape Town to Johannesburg. The flight was operated by Comair, which is based in South Africa and operates scheduled services on domestic routes as a British Airways franchisee (and an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance) and also as a low-cost carrier under its own kulula.com brand.
The Aviation Herald said the plane, a B737-400, was carrying 94 passengers and six crew. When its left main gear collapsed it skidded to a halt on right main gear, tail and left engine/left wingtip.
“There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.”
A passenger said the captain announced before landing they would need to land without left main gear.
“The aircraft subsequently touched down at an angle and skidded along the runway with sparks spraying off the left hand side,” the Aviation Herald reported.
A ground witness said the left main tyres seemed to burst on touchdown. The left main gear strut was ripped off and left behind, the aircraft skidded on its left engine to a halt.
A spokesman for Comair confirmed the flight was “involved in an incident on landing at OR Tambo International Airport”.
“We can confirm that all passengers and crew safely disembarked with no reported injuries.
“Passengers have been taken to the terminal building where staff are on hand.”
The spokesman added an investigation would be launched into why the undercarriage collapsed.
Written by Peter Needham