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Old 18th Jun 2008, 11:41
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BA Plane Off Runway In Durban

Durban International Airport has been closed after an aircraft went
off the runway while landing on Wednesday, the Airports Company of
South Africa (Acsa) said.
British Airways Flight 203 was arriving from Johannesburg with 87
passengers and six crew on board when the incident occurred.
Acsa spokesman Colin Naidoo said: "On landing, the aircraft went off
the runway. We managed to move the passengers off the aircraft and to a
safe location and trauma counsellors and paramedics are presently
attending to them," said Naidoo.
At this stage, he said, no major injuries had been reported.
"The airport is officially closed due to where the aircraft is on
the runway. Once it has been moved and [the area] declared safe, the
airport will be re-opened," Naidoo said.
Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said a woman passenger was taken
to Kingsway Hospital.
"She had pain in her ears but I think it was just a bit of shock.
She's in a stable condition," he said.
No other passenger was injured.
Bad weather conditions were believed to have been the cause of the
incident.
Other flights headed for Durban International have been told to turn
back, said Naidoo.
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 11:48
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BA don't operate to Durban so it's presumably Comair.
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Comair aircraft off the runway in Durban

That would be a Comair-operated service (under a BA franchise).
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I bet BA just love having their reputation dragged through the mud again.
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 11:54
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*BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT HIT WET PATCH ON RUNWAY IN DURBAN

*COMAIR, OPERATOR OF BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT, COMMENTS IN E-MAIL

Indeed, poor reporting I guess!!!
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So the BA publicity is great, till there is an incident! BA safety audit all their franchise partners before the aircraft are painted in their colours and passengers trust the association. So, stand by them when there is an incident. Or tell them to ditch the colour scheme. Most of the South African public havent a clue who Comair is!
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*BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT HIT WET PATCH ON RUNWAY IN DURBAN
Indeed, poor reporting I guess!!!
If I got sick from eating the colonels franchise fried chicken or a burger, I don't give a hoot who the grill hand was, my gripe is with the logo. In my mind, the use of BA in any reports is 100% acceptable
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 12:14
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Time to build that new airport near Stanger. They got as far as clearing the ground, about 15 years ago...
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 12:33
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BA Comair Incident

I have just driven past Durban International Airport. The rain was so heavy that cars were travelling on the nearby freeway (a 120kph area) at 60kph with their headlights on at midday! Heavy rain is unsual for this time of the year and I am sure that the runway was extremely wet.
Incidentally, BA Comair has an excellent reputation for safety.
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 13:29
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How is tha bad weather? Bad for the beach certainly but for flying...?

Does anyone have Durban insider knowledge as to why this would be bad?

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Durban has been attempting to join Atlantis for the last 12 hours or so. The landing may have been done during one of the few lulls in the deluge. As the aircraft are tarted up in full British Airways paint job I see no reason why they should be called anything else. I work about 1km away from Durban Int. As an aside, the ground for Durban's "new" airport at La Mercy was cleared and prepared 30 years ago and the way things are here it may be another 30 years before it gets built.
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Old 18th Jun 2008, 13:33
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It's ever the way with franchised operators, when there is an incident the actual franchise operator tries to palm it of as a mainstream carrier flight, the mainstream carrier tries to palm it off as the franchised operator's flight, despite it being in their livery, tickets under their flight designator, etc.

It's all a matter of which has the better PR contacts with the media. It's a long way from London, so doubtless Comair are telling all first it's a BA flight.
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It says here that the aircraft went into a partial spin Amazing, isnīt it?

http://blog.ecr.co.za/newswatch/?p=1910
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I thought 80 odd passengers for a BA flight would send me into an eco-warrior worrying about the environment, and all that fuel burned getting there. Shame it wasn't the openskies aircraft that would have sent a hare running

Alls fair in love and war in aviation - just wait until Ryanair start a franchise
 
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" BA,s name dragged through the mud " , literally.

Having said that though , i understand the franchise operators pay BA big money for the privellage. So BA cant really jump up and down when this happens. You cant have your cake and eat it .

Hope everyone is ok.
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It happens

Let's see what the investigation says, as far as I know, Comair does have a good record and do look after their aircraft very well. It' one of those things that happen when the weather(and a not too good runway) work against you and you try to get everyone home. Maybe pilot error, but I think we can say well done anyway, the pilot managed to keep her in one piece and no injuries were reported, right....
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A B.A. flight operated by Comair goes off the runway and it takes 16 replies before someone has a go at Ryanair. Come on, RYR bashers, you are usually quicker than that.
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The aircraft is already removed with little or no damage I believe from a friend on site. I have used that runway when wet (flooded) - not nice. The area has had exceptional rainfall.
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Just goes to show that the World's favourite airline might be BA but the World Wide Web's is definitely Ryanair!!
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