AIR Zimbabwe yesterday announced that their Boeing 767-200ER (ZWPF) plane has been cleared to resume flights after an engine surge incident on Sunday.
The sole functional plane from the national airline’s fleet was grounded to allow investigations into the ‘engine fire’ that triggered a social media frenzy.
In a statement yesterday, Air Zimbabwe said:
“Air Zimbabwe wishes to inform the public that investigations into the incident on our Boeing 767-200ER (ZWPF) on 28 April 2019 have been completed. We can report that there was an engine surge on the aircraft as a result of a foreign object ingestion on the left engine at takeoff. This resulted in some brief sparks on the tail pipe and not an actual fire and these sparks extinguished shortly afterwards.
“The pilot took all necessary precautions including checking all the parameters and concluded that there was no compromise or safety risk to the passengers and crew onboard hence the decision to proceed to RGM International Airport, Harare where the aircraft landed safely at 2035hrs.
“The left engine has since been replaced. Mandatory test flights and checks have been successfully carried out. The aircraft is expected back in service in the evening on Tuesday 30 April 2019. We sincerely apologise to all our valued passengers whose travel schedules have been disrupted.
“Air Zimbabwe wishes to assure all valued stakeholders of its commitment and strict adherence to all quality and safety standards.”