Boeing 737 Engine Falls Off During Take-off


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 

Nationwide Airlines 737-200

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)

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6 Responses to “Boeing 737 Engine Falls Off During Take-off”


  1. 1 graham November 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    First whole engine seperating since the famous DC-10 loss ?

  2. 2 szafi November 13, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I think so, yes.

  3. 3 kabalika November 14, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Nationwide is a South African Registered Compnay. The Zambian subsidiary was closed more than a year ago.

  4. 4 Mike January 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    From what I heard they were using pirate parts on the aircraft and have lost their license in South Africa. This is just what I heard though, so don’t take my word for it.

  5. 5 JIM August 22, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Nationwide has subsequently closed down earlier in 2008, accidents
    like these obiviously have unforgiving consequences

  6. 6 JIM August 22, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Owing clearly to a massive loss of confidence by the local market.


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