Airlink Embraer damaged in landing incident at Pemba Airport

An Airlink Embraer bogged in grass after landing at Pemba Airport
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A South African Airlink Embraer ERJ-135 has been damaged after it left the runway while landing at Pemba Airport (POL) in Mozambique.

Airlink Embraer ERJ-135LR, registered ZS-SJX, was operating as flight 4Z204 from Johannesburg-O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB) to Pemba airport on the afternoon of January 18.


The aircraft was involved in a runway excursion after landing in a period of heavy rain. It is understood that the aircraft was carrying 35 occupants, and all were able to disembark the aircraft safely. All passengers and crew members disembarked from the aircraft safely.

Footage which has subsequently surfaced on social media shows the aircraft launched in soft ground well clear of the runway tarmac, with ground vehicles in attendance.

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The extent of the damage to the commuter jet is not known at this time. The aircraft involved was an Embraer ERJ-135LR, registration ZS-SJX; a 22.7 year-old regional commuter aircraft belonging to the South African carrier Airlink.

The aircraft was originally delivered to the airline in May 2001 and has been on active operation since then.

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Airlink is a regional airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the second-largest carrier within Africa by number of flights and the third-largest by number of seats. Airlink was founded in 1992 as South African Airlink, and it rebranded to Airlink in 2020.

Airlink’s main business is to provide services between smaller, under-served towns and larger hub airports in Southern Africa.

However, it has since expanded to offer flights on larger, mainline routes. The airline has a network of more than 60 routes to over 45 destinations in 14 African countries, including St Helena Island.

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An Airlink Embraer ERJ-135 has been damaged following a runway excursion incident whilst landing at Pemba Airport, Mozambique in heavy rain.
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