South African Air Force C-130 Hercules Aircraft Crash-Lands in DR Congo

A Lockheed C-130BZ Hercules tactical military transport aircraft operated by the South African Air Force (SAAF) crash-landed at Goma International Airport in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Jan. 9.

The aircraft was transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members from Beni to Goma in support of the UN MONUSCO mission when the incident occurred.

According to local reports, the left engine of the aircraft caught fire upon landing, resulting in an extensively damaged left wing. The reports added that none of the passengers or crew were injured in the crash.

The aircraft involved in the crash, with serial 403, belonged to SAAF’s 28 Squadron based at Air Force Base Waterkloof (AFB Wklf) in Pretoria.

A Board of Inquiry has been convened to investigate the incident.

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