AN AIR ZIMBABWE plane from Harare was yesterday forced to return to the capital after failing to land at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo (JMN) International Airport in Bulawayo due to heavy fog.
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz general manager David Chawota said the plane eventually returned to Bulawayo at 10am when the fog had cleared.
Two weeks ago President Robert Mugabe failed to land at Harare International Airport due to bad weather on his return home from Italy where he witnessed the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II who were declared saints of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis 1.
His plane also encountered some fog in Bulawayo and only touched down at the second attempt after the first one was aborted due to poor visibility.
Tich Zinyemba, the head forecasting services at the Meteorological Services Department yesterday said the foggy conditions were a common phenomenon and there was nothing unusual about them. Zinyemba, however, said he was unaware of the foggy conditions in Bulawayo yesterday.
“We work together with Caaz and Air Zimbabwe by giving them forecasts,” he said. “It is a requirement that we have offices at every aerodrome and airports for aviation purposes.
“We also have an office at JMN.”