Safair B738 at Durban on May 15th 2021, indication of park brakes applied in flight

Last Update: May 17, 2021 / 17:21:39 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 15, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Safair

Flight number
FA-280

Aircraft Registration
ZS-SJV

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Safair Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-SJV performing flight FA-280 from Johannesburg to Durban (South Africa) with 155 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 30 minutes into the flight nearing the top of descent, when the crew received indication the park brakes had activated. The crew declared emergency, cabin crew prepared the cabin for an emergency landing and rehearsed the brace procedures with the passengers. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Durban's runway 06 about 75 minutes after departure from Johannesburg.

The airline reported there had been a brief concern about a mechanical issue, the crew received indication the parking brakes might have engaged, however, sensitive equipment sometimes may give false indications. The aircraft landed safely however, the passengers disembarked normally.

A passenger reported the captain indicated one of the wheels may have locked up, they were now taking precautions for an emergency landing. Cabin crew subsequently rehearsed the emergency procedures and brace positions. During the descent towards Durban the aircraft was flying around the airport, mainly over the Ocean, before the aircraft commenced for the final approach with the passengers in the brace positions. Upon touchdown there was no unusual thud, the aircraft just rolled out as usual.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 90 minutes, then departed for the return flight and landed safely on Johannesburg, then remained on the ground in Johanensburg for about 21 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 15, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Safair

Flight number
FA-280

Aircraft Registration
ZS-SJV

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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