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And this?? Article isn't clear where the engineer was found.
A Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8, registration 5Y-KZC performing flight KQ-761 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Nairobi (Kenya), was climbing out of Johannesburg when the crew was informed a maintenance engineer should have been left in Johannesburg. While levelling off at FL310 the crew turned around and returned to Johannesburg for a safe landing on runway 03R about 30 minutes later. While the aircraft vacated the runway the crew reported "He's here and conscious!", the aircraft taxied to the apron to offload the engineer.
The aircraft remained on the ground for about an hour, then departed again and reached Nairobi with a delay of 105 minutes.
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Maybe taking a kip in an equipment bay.
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I really hope more details become available - I would love to know what happened here !!!
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6 Nov 2019: News24
Kenya Airways flight forced to return to OR Tambo after maintenance engineer ‘stowed away’
Aircraft go through a number of safety and maintenance checks before take-off, in fact technical safety and consistency in standards are crucial as the recent Comair and SAA grounding due to SAAT issues highlighted.
So you can imagine the surprise, when crew aboard Kenya Airways Boeing flight B788 discovered they had a maintenance engineer "stowed away" on board.
Aviation Herald reports the Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8, registration 5Y-KZC had just taken off from Johannesburg on Tuesday, 5 November when the crew was informed "a maintenance engineer should have been left in Johannesburg".
The plane returned to OR Tambo and eventually made a safe landing, before it taxied to the apron. Crew confirmed the engineer had been found, where exactly on the plane remains unclear, by they are quoted saying, "He's here and conscious!".
The flight was delayed by about an hour, following the incident, before taking off again for Nairobi.
Traveller24 has reached out to both Kenya Airways and the South African Civil Aviation Authority and is awaiting a response.
Aviation expert Vincent Lessing says Kenya Airways contracts in their maintenance support. We wanted to know how possible it was that the ground crew member was forgotten about?
"Once the aircraft is being loaded and all the ground activities have taken place the engineers ensure the release of the aircraft, after performing mandatory checks that include pre- and post flight inspection.
While it remains unclear where the maintenance engineer was found after the return landing, because of the reference to consciousness, it is suspected he could have been in "one of the aircraft compartments" and not the pressure-controlled cabin.
"A number of activities take place on the ground to have the aircraft ready for its scheduled departure time. As an example, if a technical item requires an engineer's attention, it will be attended to whilst all other activities continue. Question then is that the proper checks were conducted before push back or the “doors closed” call was made.
"There was either a rush or loss of situational awareness," says Lessing.