Bok plane's engine explodes

2011-07-15 20:44

Johannesburg - The Springbok team have suffered a harrowing experience after an engine on their plane to Sydney exploded in a ball of flames.

The Springboks had taken off on their journey to Sydney on a Qantas Boeing 747 when engine 3 exploded with a 'big bang'. The aeroplane landed without further incident after a second safe emergency landing at Oliver Tambo Airport.

Several Springboks and Springbok staff members reported the incident on the social network Twitter.

Alistair Hargreaves - “@Al_Hargreaves: So Quantas have to send another aircraft which means 1 more night in jhb. @GaryGoldrugbyiq reckons he checked flames coming out the engine!”

“@Al_Hargreaves: "The Springboks have just landed... In joburg. One of the engines failed and we had to turn around. Beautiful start to the trip! #hack”

“@NelioDeSa: Springboks plane engine 3 exploded, thank God they managed to fly back to OR Tambo & land our precious Boks safely, think it's Quantas A380”

John Smit - “@JohnSmit123: Wow,just had to do an emergency landing at OR Tambo,we lost an engine after take off but safely landed now!My second safe emergency landing!”

Ashley Johnson - @ashj1605: Back in joburg!! Our nr3 enjin exploded with a big bang!!!

Gary Gold - @GaryGoldrugbyiq: Wish I never watched #carteblanche on the #quantas 380 incident! Our engine just blew on take off and we just returned to Jhb, not much fun!”

Sports journalist Brendan Nel, speaking to rugby writer JJ Harmse had the following to say - “@BrendenNel: Just spoke to jj harmse who was on the plane. Says it wasn't that bad, they were on a 747 and not an A380...”

“@BrendenNel: Jj reckons it felt "like a speed bump" not too bad and they only knew when it was announced over the intercom.”

SARU has issued the following statement:

Media are advised that the Springboks' scheduled arrival media conference in Sydney on Saturday has been postponed. An update on a revised time will be issued in due course.

The Qantas flight on which the team was traveling was forced to return to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg less than two hours after take off following the overheating and failure of engine No 3 on their Boeing 747. The aircraft returned safely to Johannesburg.

The Springboks will remain in Johannesburg for the night and will not depart for Australia before Saturday.

At the time of writing Qantas could not be reached for any further comment on the incident, nor could it be established whether or not it was related to other engine failures on recent Qantas flights as recently reported on MNET's Carte Blanche.


  • Michael - 2011-07-15 20:55

    Oh Blimey mate! We ain't got much in the way of servicing for the planes! Crikey!!! Never seen that happen on a SAA flight! Word to the wise the two major accidents in SAA history were due to human failure. Firstly air traffic control and the second a bomb aboard the aircraft. But bits falling off, engine failure? Pity SAA are so damn expensive!

      Bill Slade - 2011-07-15 23:35

      SAA suck!

  • Cuzin - 2011-07-15 20:57

    Glad they're OK

  • bev-lee - 2011-07-15 20:58

    Gee Wizz what a horrific experience - glad to hear all on board are well - good luck with the tour boys - make us proud!!

  • Andy49 - 2011-07-15 20:59

    wow, luckily it didn't go down because then we would have had to send in the C team.

      enema_malema - 2011-07-15 21:13

      nice one Andy, even at a time like this!

  • kryses - 2011-07-15 21:00

    another attempt by the Aussie dogs to de-rail the team. they will use any excuse and try all the tricks of the trade to TRY to win.

      Gomez - 2011-07-15 21:19

      You my friend are lost...

  • veebot - 2011-07-15 21:05

    qantas fallin apart...not qantastic at all...

  • M. Khoza - 2011-07-15 21:18

    its because of the fuel strike, they put water instead of jet fuel eeish

  • Ian - 2011-07-15 21:20

    Coenie Oostehuizen's fault..... he's to big..... plane shat itself!

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-15 21:23

    04 /11/ 2010, another Quantas plane exploded mid air,"green grass country" why didn't they use SAA?"A Qantas A380 had one of its engines explode mid-flight last night. And while the plane landed safely in Singapore" Read more:

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:17

      Sorry to be the bearer of the bad tidings, Motsokwane, but the link you put here refers to the "last night" of November 9, 2010 (that is, 7 months ago). Even more interestingly, it seems to have escaped you that the sole commenter on the news story in question (scroll all the way down the page) posted the comment on 8 December. Time and place, Motsokwane; time and place!

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:17

      November 3rd, that is.

      motsokwane - 2011-07-16 12:27

      nzs, time and place is not the fact of the matter here.What matters is the explosion of the engines of quantas airline.Clear?

  • Chris - 2011-07-15 21:24

    So the Aussies want to close a small regional Malaysian Airline and yet their main carrier has lost how many engines and parts from planes in the last two years??

  • Hannes - 2011-07-15 21:27

    That picture is of a no.2 RR on a A380.Most certanly not a RB211 on a B747. Get your pics in order news24.

  • Tankertugger - 2011-07-15 21:32

    Gees - not another high consequence near miss!

  • Louis - 2011-07-15 21:36

    this is how serious rugby is supposed to be played- we poison the AB's b4 the final and these okes try to take us out before the tournament even starts. Good thing ole Snorre has the best team in reserve at home ne...a real strategist if u ask me... Hel eks bly die ouens is ok

  • Ken J May - 2011-07-15 21:45

    And all this just because we sent a "B" team!

      motsokwane - 2011-07-15 22:00

      "W" team is outdated now,their plane crashed,mate.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-07-15 22:03

    OMG! Thank goodness we did not send the 'A' team. Who from RSA flies Quantas anyway?

  • HAD - 2011-07-15 22:25

    Why show a picture of the A380 engine? This is a No 2 engine anyway.

      Cuzin - 2011-07-15 23:30

      You know your engins

  • Dips - 2011-07-16 03:13

    Hmm FOOLS! You can fool some people with this pic. This pic came from a A380 Airbus A380 that had to make an emergency landing in Singapore, NOT SA! . . read the article at

      Dips - 2011-07-16 03:17

      ...and News24 should be Murdoch. If the pic is a 100% lie what about your text?

  • kagiso teffo - 2011-07-16 06:52

    the racist comments that would have followed if it was an SAA plane... *SMDH*

      Dips - 2011-07-16 07:06

      No Kagiso, this is where you have it wrong. If we commented on a SAA plane with an engine failure you would have wrongly called us racists which is in your nature and our intentions would have been exactly the same. Now with a Qantas engine failure we also have comments but you can't call us racists but you quickly apply "affirmative action" by saying "if" it was an SAA plane there would have been racist comments - clearly you guys just can't stop calling the white man racists somehow!

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-16 10:15

      kagiso are you gesuip?

      Hannes - 2011-07-16 16:25

      @Dips, we should actually just ignore pricks like Kagiso.He has nothing else to do. Just imagine his frustration with the current lack of racial articles. Makes you wonder who the racist is. Yes prick..... a black man can also be racist. And by the way maybe first get some knowledge on the safety record of SAA before opening your trap. By world standards SAA has a very high safety standard.

  • jonessierob - 2011-07-16 07:24

    qantas must admit it is them who have the problem,with exploding engines

  • ChrisW - 2011-07-16 07:28

    Ashley Johnston is going to be very embarrassed this morning with his version of events. Due to inaccuracies Boks maybe should cut off twitter accounts?

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-16 10:17

      why Chris? that isnt even important.

  • Liberty - 2011-07-16 08:31

    Wow I cant believe hope petty News24 can be to delete my comments that contained no swearwords. I merely stated that I personally believe SAA is not the world's best airline (with some sugar coating on top) and that I prefer to fly with airlines other than SAA for personal reasons. Let's see if this comment makes through this time. Wow am I posting to babies here??

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-16 10:17


  • Liberty - 2011-07-16 08:50

    Hello. Today is deleting comments day. Let's see if this one makes it through

  • frangelico - 2011-07-16 13:22

    @cicol I hear and agree with what you say,my argument is Qantas has had too many near disaster,note near disaster incidents,in the last year alone I'd be nervous before I even climbed the fikrst step of this airline.I would not fly skylink either they also need a major overhaul.

  • alan.dangerfield1 - 2011-07-16 18:56

    The photo on this article is of the Quantas A380 incident last year in Singapore. WTF news24 put it alongside this story is just ridiculous.

  • Fanie - 2011-07-16 21:00

    Is Quantas not part of a group now using bio avgas? read something on the web recently.. here goes uhm two totally different aircraft, same companny -both with the engines doing the exploding thing within 8 months.......

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