A PRECISION Air plane on a local flight from Dar es Salaam landed safely on its belly after all its four tyres burst upon touchdown at Arusha Airport on Friday.
All 37 passengers and four members of the crew, including the pilot and his assistant, escaped unhurt. A statement issued by Precision Air Managing Director and CEO, Ms Sauda Rajab, gave no causes for the accident but sources familiar with aviation matters said plane tyre bursts, known in the industry's jargon as "deflations," can happen due to a number of reasons, including contact with rough objects or metals upon landing.
The accident caused the rescheduling of two other flights to Arusha and back to Dar es Salaam via Zanzibar, with delays that lasted hardly more than 30 minutes. Social media sites said among the passengers was former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Monduli, Mr Edward Lowassa. Efforts to confirm the reports proved futile.
Precision Air has been in the aviation business for about 20 years, operating a number of French made short-range ATR planes. The company has never suffered a serious accident save for another landing mishap in Nairobi, Kenya, about five years ago when one of their planes overshot the runway.
Meanwhile, some 16 people who were injured in an accident that occurred at Korogwe Tanga Region last Thursday have been transferred to Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) in Dar es Salaam and KCMC for further treatment.
Speaking to the 'Daily News on Saturday,' the Tanga Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Constantine Massawe said that the rest of injured people were treated and released