Plane catches fire at OR Tambo

A Global Aviation charter plane caught fire while it was aborting take off at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said.

One of its tyres exploded, causing the plane to catch fire, Acsa spokesperson Solomon Makgale said.

The aircraft, destined for Lilongwe, Malawi, was carrying 120 passengers and seven crew.

No injuries were reported and the fire had been extinguished. Only one runway was currently operating at the airport.

Acsa said some flights could be delayed as a result of the accident.