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O. R. Tambo International Airport

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Name O. R. Tambo International Airport
Region Africa
Territory South Africa ZA.gif
Location Kempton Park, Gauteng
Serving Johannesburg
Elevation 1,694 m
5,557.743 ft
5,557.743 ft1,694 m
Coordinates 26° 8' 12.02" S, 28° 14' 28.13" E
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS

Observation FAOR 260100Z 36009KT 9999 BKN007 17/16 Q1021 BECMG BKN005
Station O.R. Tambo International Airport
Date/Time 26 November 2020 01:00:00
Wind direction 360°
Wind speed 09 kts
Lowest cloud amount broken clouds
Temperature 17°C
Dew point 16°C
Humidity 93%
QNH 1021 hPa
Weather condition n/a

International airport north east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Originally called Jan Smuts International Airport (former ICAO code FAJS), renamed Johannesburg International Airport in 1994 and then became O R Tambo International Airport in 2005 whereupon the ICAO code changed to FAOR.


Sub-tropical highland climate (Köppen climate classification Cwb) characterised by mild, dry winters and warm, rainy summers.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of FAOR

  • B738/B734, Johannesburg South Africa, 2010 (On 27 July 2010, a South African Airways Boeing 737-800 on take from Runway 21R was instructed to reject that take off when already at high speed because a Boeing 737-400 was crossing the same runway ahead. The rejected take off was successful. The Investigation found that both aircraft had been operated in accordance with clearances issued by the responsible position in TWR ATC where OJT was in progress.)
  • B744, Johannesburg South Africa, 2013 (On 22 December 2013, a Boeing 747-400 taxiing for departure at Johannesburg at night with an augmented crew failed to follow its correctly-acknowledged taxi clearance and one wing hit a building resulting in substantial damage to both aircraft and building and a significant fuel leak. The aircraft occupants were all uninjured but four people in the building sustained minor injuries. The accident was attributed to crew error both in respect of an inadequate briefing and failure to monitor aircraft position using available charts and visual reference. Some minor contributory factors relating to the provision of airport lighting and signage were noted.)