Insiders at Air Zimbabwe disclosed to Radio VOP that the long haul aircraft, a Boeing 767-200 which was expected back in the country on Tuesday morning could not leave London’s Gatwick International Airport on Monday evening as was expected after developing some technical fault.
The aircraft which was seized by American General Supplies upon landing at London’s Gatwick International Airport over a US$1.2 million debt was scheduled to arrive at Harare International Airport on Tuesday after the ailing national airline settled the debt.
But informed sources revealed that the planned repossession had suffered a major setback after the aircraft experienced some technical problems which foiled its planned release.
Last week’s embarrassing impounding of the Air Zimbabwe aircraft follows the seizure of one of Air Zimbabwe’s plane, a Boeing 737-500 which was confiscated by South Africa’s Bid Air Services three weeks ago over a $500 000 debt for ground handling services.
The seizure of Air Zimbabwe’s aircrafts is one of several woes affecting the national carrier. Once rated as one of the best airlines on the continent, Air Zimbabwe has been run down due to successive years of mismanagement and inadequate funding.