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Candid pilot reveals explosion threat to delayed passengers

SAA plane grounded after oil valve mishap.
SAA plane grounded after oil valve mishap. Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

Passengers bound for Cape Town on board an SAA flight from Johannesburg were rattled on Thursday when the pilot stopped the plane en route to the runway and reportedly told them that the plane could have exploded if they had proceeded. According to the report, a passenger on a neighbouring plane alerted authorities when they spotted an open oil valve on the SAA plane. After a 40-minute delay the flight was finally cleared for take off. Read more: news24.com