A Mango airplane wing spotted with the aviation ta
A Mango airplane wing spotted with the aviation tape on January 31 (supplied)
  • Mango says duct tape spotted on one of its aircraft is actually aviation tape. 
  • Concerns have been raised about Mango’s aircraft safety after a body part fell off one of its planes three weeks ago. 
  • Mango said aviation tape is commonly used as a temporary repair material until a more permanent repair can be carried out. 
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Duct tape spotted on the wing of a Mango airplane is actually aviation tape, the low-cost carrier said. 

Concerns have been raised about the safety of Mango’s aircraft after a body part fell off one of its Boeing 737s on a flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg three weeks ago.

A passenger took a photo of the piece of tape on a Mango flight between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg on January 30. 

The passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was looking at the wing when he spotted a difference between the latches on both sides of the engine. 

On the photo he shared, what appears to be duct tape can be seen covering one of the identical latches of the engine. 

Mango said aviation tape, commonly known as speed tape, is used extensively in the aviation and racing industries. 

“Essentially it’s an aluminium pressure-sensitive tape used extensively as a temporary repair material until a more permanent repair can be carried out,” Mango told Business Insider South Africa. 

“In this instance, the speed tape was used for aerodynamics over the latch and as a precautionary measure due to the latch protruding into the airstream.” 

Mango said the panel has since been replaced. 

Mango’s parent company South African Airlines (SAA) was placed under business rescue in December, and has since started a process to cancel all of its domestic routes except between Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

Mango, which is a 100%-owned subsidiary of SAA, however, said it is largely unaffected by the restructuring process.