Truck drives into plane at Cape Town airport

A truck drove into a stationary aircraft at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday morning, minutes before the aircraft was due to take off.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened at about 8.30am, airport media officer Deidre Hendricks said.

”There was an incident early this morning … It has had no impact on airport operations,” she said.

Hendricks said the aircraft belonged to South African Airways (SAA).

Contacted for comment, the national carrier said a door on one of its Boeing 737-800s was damaged by a catering truck while the aircraft was on the ramp.

”The truck was in the process of loading meals into the aircraft before departure when the front right side door was damaged. The flight was scheduled to depart at 8.40am,” SAA group corporate affairs head Robyn Chalmers said in a statement.

The flight was cancelled, and the aircraft was being repaired.

”The 137 passengers on board SA316 were accommodated on three alternative flights to Johannesburg this morning [Wednesday]. None of the passengers sustained any injuries. SAA would like to apologise to its passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of the incident,” Chalmers said. — Sapa

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