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SAAF Hercules crashes on landing at Goma, DRC

Date: 9 January 2020

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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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