Air Namibia airbus involved in accident in Frankfurt

Air Namibia has cancelled its Frankfurt � Windhoek flight on Saturday evening after their Airbus A330-200 was involved in an accident at Frankfurt Airport, Germany.

Twakulilwa Kayofa, Air Namibia's Corporate Communications Officer issued a statement on Sunday where he said the accident happened after Air Namibia's Airbus 330 has landed at Frankfurt Airport on Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 6:20 p.m. and was taxing to the final parking position.

Air Namibia's wingtip collided with another aircraft from Korean Air. Both aircraft were immediately grounded for investigation by Luftfrahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) to determine the exact damage, Kayofa said.

Kayofa said that there were no passengers and crew member who was hurt.

He said that Air Namibia will only have access to the aircraft after the LBA investigation and maintenance is concluded.

Air Namibia offered accommodation to the 244 passengers (100% load factor) who were destined to Windhoek, he said.

The accident has caused a delay to Air Namibia's SW283 (Windhoek � Frankfurt) flight on Sunday adding that the passengers are being re-accommodated on partner airlines and Air Namibia's next available flight.

In a separate interview with Nampa, Kayofa said usually the airline company had two aircraft operating the Windhoek-Frankfurt route but one aircraft is currently undergoing maintenance in Malta until 29 November, expecting to be operational by 30 November

He said the allegations that the plane is impounded due to non-payment of fees are false.

He further said that the Windhoek-Frankfurt route will remain as it brings more tourists into the country, rubbishing the circulation of news that the route has seized.

Yesterdays' (Saturday) Frankfurt-Windhoek flight was fully booked with 244 passengers, demonstrating that Air Namibia continues to a be a premier choice for travellers, thereby fulfilling its mandate of providing air transport services to promote tourism and encourage business investment in Namibia, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency