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Air Zimbabwe in mid air scare...Deputy Minister shaken

by Mandla Ndlovu
27 Apr 2019 at 11:58hrs | Views
An Air Zimbabwe plane hit birds on Friday and developed a faulty engine which scared the passengers who were onboard.

One important person inside was Deputy Minister of Land, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Vangelis Haritatos.

Narrating the incident Haritatos said: As our plane took off from Bulawayo tonight, we experienced bird strikes to the left engine which caused a bit of a fireworks show. We were all visibly shaken as blowing sounds and sparks came from the affected engine on impact, but the pilot Captain Chiwara and his crew were true professionals. He waited a few minutes and then announced to us that we had just hit several birds known as a bird strike, which is something that does indeed happen, but that he had assessed the situation and that the plane was safe and that we would continue our journey back to Harare. He reassured all passengers again that we were in safe hands. On successful landing the entire plane broke into applause for the Captain and his crew.

Haritatos said he was so grateful to the Captain and he promised to give him a farm for the work he did.

"I could not resist but to tell the air hostess, as we walked off the plane, that I was grateful to Captain Chiwara and his Air Zimbabwe crew, and that I owed him a farm! The Zimbabwe Land Commission better hurry up with the land audit so that I can fulfill my promise." He said.
 



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