Read the newsie article below about SA Express Airways. Then add to that, the fact that on my flight SA 1702 from Walvis Bay to ORT on 28th May 2008, amid awful thunderstorms, we were told by the Captain, 'Ladies and gentlemen, just to bring you into the loop, we can't get the landing gear down.' That was after we bypassed ORT and started flying large circuits over what appeared to be the Cullinan area. OK, so having watched Aircrash Investigation more times than I care to admit, I knew they could crank the wheels down manually, unless there was a total disaster.
Scary thing is, I have a sneaking suspicion the same Bombardier-Canadair Jet series (approx 50-seater - couldn't find decent res pic of the local one - but this is the same beastie) had experienced a similar event a few months before.
Just too many things going wrong. Is this another Nationwide Airlines in the making? I sincerely hope not.