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Swissair Jet Has Trouble Landing

October 7, 1998

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ A Swissair pilot had trouble landing an airliner with 245 passengers aboard Wednesday because of strong winds and a wet runway but brought it to a halt without causing any injuries.

Rory Mackey, spokesman for Johannesburg International Airport, said the MD-11 jetliner, on a flight from Zurich, went off the area designated as a runway. However, the plane never left the paved area.

A Swissair spokesman in Zurich said the pilot needed a longer area to brake because of a strong tailwind and a rain-wet runway, and because he had missed the turn into the terminal.

Authorities said there were no reports of damage or injury.

The MD-11 jetliner later proceeded to its next destination, Cape Town, airport officials said. On Sept. 2, a Swissair MD-11 bound for Geneva from New York crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 on board.

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