According to a spokesperson for the Airport Company South Africa, an Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-200 caught fire after take-off from O.R. Tambo International Airport, near Johannesburg, on Sunday.
The crew of the Harare-bound aircraft requested an emergency landing; however, the flames were "manually extinguished" mid-air, so there was no need for the procedure.
Zimbabwe airliner, Boeing 767, engine on fire. Flight returning to OR Tambo international airport. pic.twitter.com/jWhcr1AnJx— PigSpotter™ Pty Ltd (@PigSpotter) 28 апреля 2019 г.
"There was a tailpipe fire but that did not compromise the safety of the flight", the airline stated.
The plane had to circle around the airport for a while but later made it to Harare without other incidents on board.