Airlink Avro RJ85 in international incident


An Avro RJ85 of South Africa’s Airlink had to turn back mid-flight after she was refused entry into Madagascar on 21 January. The RJ85 was operating flight SA8252 from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport to Antananarivo. Among the flight’s passengers was the former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, who was forced from office in 2009 by the military, and has been in exile since. The RJ85 had just entered Madagascan airspace two hours after departing Johannesburg when the government closed all the country’s airports. She returned to Johannesburg, landing just after 14:00.

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