Muddy runaway possible causes of ATCL flight mishap

Dash 8-300
The Kigoma Airport muddy runway was early possible causes of ATCL flight TC 119 to overshoot the runway after failing to takeoff on Easter Monday.

The plane, Dash 8-300, was trying to take-off for Dar es Salaam via Tabora but ran aground after its tyres got stuck in muddy potholes at 10:15 am (local time).

Reports from Kigoma authorities indicate that the muddy might be the possible causes, but hinted that more investigation is needed.

The acting Kigoma regional police commander, Mr Kihenya Kihenya, was all 35 passengers and four crews on flight TC 119 were rescued shortly after the incident.

ATCL acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Paul Chizi said aviation experts were expected to travel to Kigoma to assess the extent of damage done to the plane.

“I am waiting for a report from the experts but I am told the plane has been badly damaged,” he said.

According to the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) chief executive officer, Mr Fadhili Manongi, the authority has reported the accident to an independent investigation team at the ministry of Transport.

ATCL B737-200
This is the second aviation accident this year. There were nine such accidents reported in 2010/2011.

March last year, ATCL's Boeing 737-200 was badly damage after it engine was water logged following landing at flooded runway at Mwanza Airport.

In 2006, a United Nations Boeing 737 crashed in the same area. The plane was ferrying supplies for UN peace keepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source:The Citizen,http://thecitizen.co.tz, and tzexchange.blogspot.com
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