Breaking: Air Zim plane aborts Bulawayo landing

An Air Zimbabwe plane flying to Bulawayo from Harare aborted landing at the Joshua Nkomo International Airport after developing an undisclosed technical problem, NewsDay has established.

The plane reportedly returned and landed at the Harare International Airport this morning.

Passengers took to micro blogging site, Twitter, claiming they were only told by the co-pilot about five minutes from landing that the “navigator lost its signal.”

Details to follow .

18 Responses to Breaking: Air Zim plane aborts Bulawayo landing

  1. sky January 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    I bet that all female crew at the controls . before you board please check the cockpit.

    • Collin January 27, 2016 at 8:31 am #

      Which might have been a good thing coz men with all the macho thing would have thrown all common sense out of the cockpit & be determined to land the plane, thereby endangering all lives on board

      • jv January 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

        kkkkkkk so are we saying the navigator regained its signal wen it got to harare

        • David January 29, 2016 at 1:39 am #

          No the plane runs on an ILS (instrument landing system) it’s probably the signs at the Bulawayo airport that wasn’t working

  2. sam January 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    hahahaha all female pilots

  3. Mhofu January 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Well done airzim pilots. Only idiots don’t realise this is good and professional safety first approach. No wonder airzim has a perfect safety record. I will fly with you any day. As for the all woman crew, I am a man and am proud to be flown by our lady pilots. They are second to none. Fly with them, experience the landing by the women and you will understand why. In face of difficulties please keep the flag flying.

  4. zororai January 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    Newsday should stop sensentinalising non issues. It is standard recommended world over that if conditions are not safe the pilots must do the safest thing. There determination female or male was it was safe to return and land at Harare.
    newsday is not reporting accurately what transpired. the navigational equipment was it the one on board the airplane or the one on Ground. Due to the plane returning and landing safely at Harare i conclude that the navigation in question was ground based such things as the ILS,and other ground aides. So why title air Zimbabwe in it. BUlawayo airport is notoriase for misty mornings that reduce viability living crew to relay on instruments. The instruments on ground must be as serviceable as those on board the plan if either are not then operations are at risk of an accident. Newday tell us the complette story. Why do you hate Air Zimbabwe. If you have no meaningful new dont turnish the iomage of natiuonal assets.

    Zororai

  5. zororai January 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Sky you are just a male chauvnist who has a skewed way of thinking.

  6. bagivvu January 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    so how dd it make it to Harare without a nävigãtor

    • jv January 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      kkkkkkk so are we saying the navigator regained its signal wen it got to harare

  7. Caroline January 27, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    Thank Goodness it was a female pilot, female intuition, we might still be going round in circles!

  8. Andy January 27, 2016 at 6:59 am #

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  9. Life Span January 27, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    The message is clear. Air Zimbabwe Boeing Aircraft are 30 years old. The solution is to decommission these planes b4 a serious and tragic accident happens. The B707 are long gone and the B737 have reached their lifespan. Good luck AirZim.

  10. Engineer January 27, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Newsday pedzisai nyaya and do not hide facts just to make things in ZIM look so bad…. You left out that the plane could not land due to BAD WEATHER (too much cloud cover) and hence it lost the navigator signal. I actually applaud the pilot for pi\utting the safety of passengers first. He actually flew back to harare and flew back again to bulawayo airport. The plane might have delayed, but eventually IT LANDED.

  11. Gogo January 27, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Air Zim authorities should take Life Span’s advice there very seriously as a matter of urgency. Remember aircraft mid air accidents have no injuries but 100% fatalities. Better subcontract if not in a position to replace aged equipment immediately. Thanks to the crew for maintaining calmness and saving precious lives. To Air Zim management we say forewarned is forearmed.

    • sky January 27, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      ah cloud cover kutadzisa ndge kumhara ? ndosaka tichiti ndege idzi hadzichaita.

    • sky January 27, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      air zim has debt = $500m assets= very very old planes solution=partner with saa am sure they will be happy to paint some of their modern planes in air zim co lours and fly our routes

  12. Engineer January 27, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Newsday shame on you for hiding the facts just to make the Zim situation look soooooo terrible. You left out that the plane did not land in bulawayo due to weather conditions (too much cloud cover) hence the governor lost its signal. I actually applaud the for not risking people’s lives and putting theirs safety first. He flew back to harare and then back again to bulawayo and LANDED finally. The issue here is the passengers were delayed otherwise they did land when the sky had cleared

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