SAA denies using fake mechanical parts for Mango airplanes

SAA denies using fake mechanical parts for Mango airplanes

South African Airways (SAA) has denied claims that South African Airways Technical is making use of dubious parts when servicing aircraft belonging to Mango Airlines.


SAA-owned Mango hit the headlines after one of its aircraft, travelling from OR Tambo International Airport to Cape Town International Airport last month, entered a nosedive and was forced into an emergency landing.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that SA Technical, which supplies all major maintenance for SAA, supplied Mango airlines with suspect mechanical parts.

The paper reported that the counterfeit parts could have been procured from international crime syndicate.

In a statement on Thursday, SAA denied the use of counterfeit parts for the maintenance of Mango airplanes.

“SAA strongly refutes claims in the media that the airline admitted to possibly having been supplied with ‘suspect parts’ or components.

“Whilst any acts of criminality cannot be ruled out, it is untrue that there is a known international crime syndicate that has infiltrated SAA or SAAT that is responsible for tender manipulation and/or corruption at SAA or SAAT.”

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