Nationwide Airlines Flight CE723 yesterday departed from Cape Town (CPT) to Johannesburg on schedule at 15:50. At take-off it was reported that the right hand engine separated from the wing. The aircraft continued to climb out. The aircraft returned and landed at Cape Town International Airport without further incident. No passengers or crew were injured.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that ZS-OEZ was the airplane involved in the mishap.
Passengers were disembarked and taken to a holding area where Nationwide Airlines representatives as well as trauma counselors were on hand to lend assistance.
Nationwide Airlines is registered in Zambia. It started its operation in 1991 as a charter operating domestic flights in South Africa and international flights between Zambia and South Africa. Its fleet consists of a 767-300, 2 737-500s, 11 737-200s and 3 727-200s. The one involved in the accident is a 737-200 (see drawing above)