A piece of a Mango aircraft plummeted to earth during a flight roughly three weeks ago on January 14 and happened to land in the Cape’s own Stellenbosch.

The budget airline confirmed the fall on Tuesday, February 4, saying a body panel had fallen off their Mango Boeing 737 during a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

According to Mango spokesperson Sergio dos Santos speaking to IOL, commuters were in no danger during the flight.

“Mango can confirm that a panel, a side wing to body fairing, did detach from the body of one of our aircraft.

We can assure you that the loss of this panel did not pose a safety risk to the flight,” Dos Santos said.

The panel that fell from the plane.

Scrolla.Africa managed to get hold of a picture of a person who picked up the orange panel seen in Kayamandi, a suburb in Stellenbosch suburb.

Rumors began circulating that the person who had picked up the panel even tried to sell it back to the airline but Dos Santos says these claims are false.

A person seen walking with the panel they picked up in Stellenbosch.

The airline is currently in the process of submitting a report to the Civil Aviation Authority as well as investigating the occurrence further to determine what caused the part to break off of the plane.

Pictures: Twitter

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