Officials can handle plane hijacking – CAA


A South African Airways plane carrying 70 passengers and four crew members was the centre of hijacking allegations on Monday, which turned out to be a false alarm.

The SA Airlink plane landed at the Wonderboom Airport in Gauteng and a hijack alert was set off accidentally.

Mandatory procedures were activated.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in a statement that regardless of the hijacking being a false alarm, officials acted to the best of their ability.

CAA is confident that in the event of a real hijacking, South Africa is equipped to handle the situation.

The CAA’s Phindiwe Gwebu said: “As a country I think we should be proud that should an eventuality happen we are ready to deal with it.”