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South African Airways (SAA) has received confirmation that the seven cabin crew members who were located in the Oberoi Trident Hotel in Mumbai have been evacuated and are now in a safe area, the airline said in a statement on Friday.

The crew members have been met by SAA staff and a South African diplomat. The families of the crew members have been informed that they have been released.

SAA will now ensure that the crew members are transported from Mumbai back to South Africa as soon as possible, the statement read.

This follows an announcement earlier that SAA flight SA285, which departed Mumbai at approximately 1.30am Mumbai time this (Friday) morning, landed safely back at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 6.40am.

The flight landed with a total of 141 passengers — including five of the 12 SAA crew who were in Mumbai when the terrorist attacks started.

“The crew indicated that despite their ordeal they remain in good health and expressed their gratitude to Dlamini-Zuma for the support they have so far received from the diplomatic corps and consular officials in Mumbai,” Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

Meanwhile, SAA’s scheduled flight to Mumbai on Saturday will go ahead, but the airline was assessing the situation in Mumbai and at this stage. But at this stage, the scheduled flight will operate normally.

For passengers who were currently in Mumbai, and holding valid SAA tickets, the airline would continue to endorse all tickets for travel on other airlines until further notice, it said.

Armed militants seized the Oberoi Hotel this week in a surprise attack.

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