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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 15:47 
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Unfortunately a SAAF C-130BZ went off the runway on landing at Goma a short while ago.

I've been trying to collect the associated information on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/darren_olivier/status/1215262229379145729

Early indications are that passengers and crew are not seriously hurt.

Damage is fairly extensive to the left wing, I suspect 403 might be written off.


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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 16:00 
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Terrible news, good to hear crew & pax are ok.


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First hull loss in 50 years :shock: :? . Very sad. I commented on the other forum as to how nice she looked at Barbados on the way to / from Cuba. Hopefully something good will come out of this i.e. time to buy new aircraft.


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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 17:14 
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Photos showing outboard portion of left wing is smashed

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News ... s-20200109?


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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 17:39 
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SAAF Hercules crashes on landing at Goma, DRC

By Dean Wingrin

A South African Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules has crashed on landing at Goma International Airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this afternoon.

Initial reports are that the no 1 engine caught fire upon landing, resulting in an extensively damaged left wing.

The aircraft, serial 403, had been deployed in the DRC as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission (MONUSCO). Carrying 59 passengers and 8 crew, the was on its way back to Goma after delivering logistic supplies at Beni. None of the passengers or crew were injured.

First delivered in 1963, the SAAF has eight upgraded C-130BZ Hercules in service, but only two or three are airworthy at any one time. Thus, this is a serious loss for the SAAF.

A Board of Inquiry has been convened.

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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 18:23 
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Photo found on Facebook clearly showing the extent of the damage to the left wing.
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403 will never fly again... :cry:


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The link below shows 403 at Recife, Brazil, taken on 23 December 2019 during the flight to / from Cuba.

https://flic.kr/p/2i4nL1J

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Looks like it's only going to happen tomorrow

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And this one came out of a major check at Denel late November if I recall :(


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Sad, sad, sad :(


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PostPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 22:00 
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Aircraft was in Egypt in mid-December, then Cuba late December and now written-off in the DRC early January.

Shows how hard working and valuable the aircraft was.

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I've read some media saying this was the only operational Herc in SAAF at this specific time. Is this true?

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The SAAF only has two or three Hercules airworthy at any one time, so it is very possible. This aircraft only came out of servicing in November.

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Is there a chance that it might have been shot at? Port engine "exploded" on landing? Could have been a shoulder launched missile, maybe???

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Might have been mistaken as a US aircraft, with the turmoil currently going on, anything is possible...

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