Verdade (Maputo)

13 April 2014

Mozambique: Tail of Plane Hits OR Tambo Tarmac

The tail of a Bombardier Q400 aircraft belonging to the Mozambican airline (LAM) made contact with the runway during its landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday April 7th, resulting in the complete closure of the runway for over an hour.

According to a witness at the airport the accident happened at approximately 10AM that morning, the estimated arrival time for the plane. "It hit [the tarmac] with its tail when it was landing and the airport was closed for more than an hour."

The plane, registered as C9-AUY C9, was operated by Mozambique Express (MEX), a subsidiary of LAM. The plane had departed from the Mozambican city of Beira at 8AM with the flight number TM 311. There was no record of bad weather along the route to Johannesburg or in the arrival city itself.

A Mozambican aviation source explained that at the time of the accident, which apparently caused no injuries, the Q400 aircraft was piloted by a Polish citizen and accompanied by a Mozambican pilot in training. There was significant structural damage to the aircraft.

LAM did not make the accident public and representatives from the airline refused to confirm the incident for this report. However, The Aviation Herald website writes that the TM 311 accident took place at 10:24AM and confirms there was air traffic disruption at OR Tambo International Airport for about an hour. According to this publication, which specializes in global aviation, the Bombardier Q400 aircraft is still being examined and is not in conditions to complete the return flight to Mozambique.

Verdade tried to contact OR Tambo International Airport communication authorities, but nobody was available for comment over the weekend.

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