I flew many flights on the Boeing 727-44's. My first flight on an airliner was ZS-SBB "Limpopo" from Durban to PE. I received a small golden Springbok for traveling over one hundred flight as a minor passenger. The aircraft I’ve flown with SAA routes are 727-44's, 737-200's (DBN-PE-DBN), A300 and A320’s (DBN-JHB-DBN), 747-SP (JHB to DBN), and currently 737-800 (JHB-PE-CT-JHB). The only Boeing 707 I’ve flown on was ZS-SAF from Grootfontein to Waterkloof and back a few times.
How many know that ZS-SIA "Tugela" crashed. The story is as follows -TANS Flight 204 departed Lima at 14:24 on a scheduled 53-minute flight to Pucallpa. After an intermediate stop, the airplane was to continue to Iquitos. At 14:52 the crew initiated the descent for Pucallpa with the intention of carrying out a visual approach and landing. While approaching Pucallpa, meteorological conditions deteriorated with immense cumulus clouds, strong winds and heavy rainfall. Runway 02 approach was unstabilized, but the crew continued the approach. The GPWS sounded as the airplane penetrated a severe hailstorm. The crew lost situational awareness and failed to abort the approach. The Boeing 737 crash-landed in swampland and broke up.
- OB-1809-P Ex ZS-SIA Crashed at Pucallpa
- ZS-SIA "Tugela"
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