BA flight stops during take-off after learning coronavirus positive passenger onboard

Flight BA58 was scheduled to take off from Cape Town International Airport for London at 6.45pm and was already taxiing for take-off when it was turned back. 
Flight BA58 was scheduled to take off from Cape Town International Airport for London at 6.45pm and was already taxiing for take-off when it was turned back. 

Cape Town – British Airways grounded a Boeing 747 on Tuesday night after it received an alert that a woman who had tested positive for the highly contagious Covid-19 virus was onboard according a report carried by Daily Maverick in South Africa.

Flight BA58 was scheduled to take off from Cape Town International Airport for London at 6.45pm and was already taxiing for take-off when it was turned back.

The plane stood parked for more than two hours awaiting instructions from the air traffic control centre before the woman, a foreign national, as well as the six passengers who sat in seats nearest to her, were offloaded.

The plane was then delayed due to a technical issue and all the passengers were told to disembark.

It was possible to get unofficial confirmation that the flight had been grounded for “medical reasons”, but the spokespeople for the departments of health and transport did not respond to messages and calls.

British Airways also did not immediately respond to queries from Daily Maverick.

It is not clear how the woman was allowed to board the plane in the first place, or how it came to the attention of the authorities that she was on board. DM