Ten days later, British Airways flight BA6252 had to make an emergency landing at King Phalo Airport in East London shortly after it had left for Johannesburg.
The airline said the landing gear had failed to retract. A video shot inside the plane showed passengers crying and praying. Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane was also on the flight.
Last week, another Kulula flight was forced to divert to OR Tambo from Lanseria after an “engine-related” issue. The airline confirmed that flight MN451 landed safely and that passengers were accommodated by British Airways.
Addressing these incidents on Saturday, the SACAA said: “Just in the past month, Comair operations experienced occurrences ranging from engine failures, engine malfunction and landing gear malfunctions, among others.
“In the interest of safety, the SACAA visited the operator to investigate and determine if Comair is in compliance with applicable civil aviation regulations.
“The inspection was also aimed at reviewing Comair’s quality control management system and safety management systems to establish compliance related to reporting, analysis and follow-up on occurrences, and corrective action plans to prevent recurrence.”