BULAWAYO — A Fastjet plane was Wednesday morning forced to make a u-turn to Harare after failing to land at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo due to power cuts.
According to credible sources, there was no backup generator available at the airport for the plane to make a safe landing forcing it to return back to Harare.
Later, Fastjet Zimbabwe acknowledged that power outages were to blame for one of its aircraft’s failure to touch down at Bulawayo’s Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport on January 26.
The jet was forced to perform an emergency u-turn and land in Harare, where passengers disembarked and waited for hours, according to the airline’s spokesperson Nunurai Ndawana.
The incident was not the first time that a plane had been forced to abort its landing at Joshua Nkomo International Airport.
Due to malfunctioning airport guidance systems, two airplanes were unable to land at the airport in December 2021.
Fastjet (again) and Air Zimbabwe‘s planes were impacted by the incident.