41 flights were hit by refueling problems at OR Tambo on Thursday

Flights were delayed Thursday morning due to refueling issues at OR Tambo.

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Aircraft refueling problems impacted 41 flights at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday, according to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

There was a technical problem with the main supply valve that supplies fuel to the apron or area where the aircraft is parked. This caused delays in domestic and international departures. A tanker was then used to refuel aircraft.

“From the start of operations until 08:30, when the issue was resolved, a total of 41 flights were affected, including 32 domestic flights, eight international flights and one regional flight,” the statement said.

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The fuel problem began on Wednesday, leaving local and international holiday travelers stranded, News24 reported.

ACSA said additional staff have been deployed to help passengers with questions and affected airlines and passengers have been notified.

“Operations are back to normal apart from the impact of delayed departures this morning resulting in delayed return flights,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, a faulty vision sensor on the airport’s main runway caused problems.

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