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South Africa impounds Air Tanzania’s plane

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South Africa authorities have impound an Air Tanzania Airbus A220 at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport.

It is still unclear why the plane was impounded since neither the South African nor Tanzanian government has commented on the matter.

An aviation website, One Mile at a Time states that the aircraft was impounded due to a $4.1million unpaid loan.

Apparently, the unpaid loan dates back to an earlier partnership agreement between South African Airways and the Tanzanian national flag carrier.

However some reports indicate the plane could have been impounded because of the money the carrier owes a South African farmer.

A retired farmer told BBC the aircraft was impounded because Tanzania’s government had not paid him $33m it owes in compensation.

The money is said to have been awarded after Tanzania’s government seized lands belonging to the South African farmer.

Meanwhile the move comes barely two months after Air Tanzania opened its service to South Africa.

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