41 flights affected by refueling problem at OR Tambo on Thursday

Flights were delayed on Thursday morning due to refueling issues at OR Tambo.

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Airports Corporation of South Africa (ACSA) says challenges with aircraft fueling affected 41 flights at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday.

There was a technical problem with the main supply valve that provides fuel to the pad, or area where the aircraft is parked. This led to delays in domestic and international departures. A tanker was then used to refuel the planes.

“From the start of operations until 08:30, when the problem was resolved, a total of 41 flights were affected, 32 national, eight international and one regional,” the statement said.

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The refueling problem started on Wednesday and left local and international holiday travelers stranded, News24 reported.

ACSA said additional staff were deployed to assist passengers with inquiries and affected airlines and passengers were notified.

“Operations have returned to normal except for the side effects of this morning’s late departures which caused delays to return flights,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, a faulty visibility sensor on the airport’s main runway caused problems.

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