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SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:28 pm
by Balerit
A SAAF cargo transport veered of the runway in a wet Goma. It was busy with UN duties.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/ ... ds-in-drc/

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:43 pm
by Dutchy
C-130BZ Hercules transport aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF) crash landed at Goma airport in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday.

The aircraft, from Air Force Base Waterkloof’s 28 Squadron, was transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members from the UN mission when its left engine caught fire upon landing, said Mathias Gillman, acting spokesperson for the UN MONUSCO mission.

“MONUSCO sent a rescue team that brought the fire under control and everyone was safely evacuated,” Gillman told The Associated Press.

Images posted on Twitter show one of the port engines on fire, with the blaze subsequently put out by firefighters. However, major damage was caused to the outer wing.

The aircraft was returning from the eastern Congo city of Beni, where it was providing logistical support to the South African National Defence Force contingent deployed in the region.

African Defence Review Director Darren Olivier said the incident is a “big blow” for the SAAF. “Even if this C-130BZ is repairable, I doubt they will be able to afford to repair it on their meagre budget, especially with the difficulty of replacing an outer wing section in an austere location like Goma.”

“The C-130BZ that crashed at Goma is confirmed as serial 403. The left wing is extensively damaged, and there was a fire on engine 1.

“Something else to keep in mind: This is part of the inherent risk of flying into some locations. Goma’s runway is narrow and there’s almost no safe runoff area to either side. If something goes wrong on landing there’s no space to recover and any runway excursion wrecks the aircraft.”

Olivier said that his impression after seeing the aircraft is that it “might have to be written off.”

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kobus Marais said the SAAF this week lost its “only serviceable” C-130BZ.

“The aircraft is strategically important for the SA National Defence Force in terms of both land and maritime missions,” he said, adding 403, which was built in 1963, was “misused” to transport Cuban military engineers to their Caribbean island home last month.

“It is regrettable our only serviceable C-130BZ was not tasked to protect South Africans,” he said.

Just how dependent the South African military is on the Lockheed Martin turboprop medium transport came from Dean Wingrin, webmaster of the unofficial SAAF website and defenceWeb correspondent.

“The aircraft (403) was in Egypt mid-December, then Cuba in late December and now written off in the DRC in early January.”

The Department of Defence, in the form of its head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, indicated a board of inquiry will be convened to investigate the “circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said she applauds the crew of the aircraft after its “uncontrolled landing incident.”

“The Minister has expressed her gratitude for the expertise and professionalism of the crew under duress that ensured that lives are not lost during the uncontrolled landing incident that involved men and women of the South African National Defence Force who are serving the Republic and the Region with zeal and pride to ensure there is peace and stability in the continent.”

This is the first serious accident/incident involving the South African Air Force’s C-130BZs in over fifty years of operations. “This hull loss will have serious implications for SAAF logistic capability. Although there are another seven airframes, only two or three are airworthy at any one time,” notes Wingrin.


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Doesn't sound good and is a bit more than just a runway excursion.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:01 am
by Slug71
Maybe now they will finally get new lifters.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:50 am
by AirlineCritic

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:08 pm
by Ozair
Slug71 wrote:
Maybe now they will finally get new lifters.

No chance on new airframes, perhaps some ex USAF H models could be acquired to replace what is left of the current fleet but I doubt the budget even extends to that.

Shame all the RAF C.Mk 5s have been placed, that would have been an ideal replacement.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:43 pm
by Slug71
Ozair wrote:
Slug71 wrote:
Maybe now they will finally get new lifters.

No chance on new airframes, perhaps some ex USAF H models could be acquired to replace what is left of the current fleet but I doubt the budget even extends to that.

Shame all the RAF C.Mk 5s have been placed, that would have been an ideal replacement.


Sadly, you're probably right.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:11 pm
by bennett123
Given that one wing is snapped, apart from any other damage, don’t see this being repairable.

Hopefully, some parts can be salvaged.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:16 pm
by WKTaylor
Hmmmmm… Anyone else notice that most of the props were close-to/fully feathered with no apparent [or very minor] rotation damage?

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:18 pm
by majano
Balerit wrote:
A SAAF cargo transport veered of the runway in a wet Goma. It was busy with UN duties.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/ ... ds-in-drc/

Is "serviceable" and "airworthy" different? I read the Defenceweb report as saying the damaged aircraft was the last serviceable in the fleet, but further down refers to a fleet of seven with only three to four of them airworthy.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:52 am
by Slug71
majano wrote:
Balerit wrote:
A SAAF cargo transport veered of the runway in a wet Goma. It was busy with UN duties.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/ ... ds-in-drc/

Is "serviceable" and "airworthy" different? I read the Defenceweb report as saying the damaged aircraft was the last serviceable in the fleet, but further down refers to a fleet of seven with only three to four of them airworthy.


I read a post on another forum that claims the SAAF only has 2 to 3 airworthy C-130s at any time.
Perhaps parts has something to do with what's serviceable? But your guess would be as good as mine. It sounds like the SAAF currently has no C-130s immediately available though.

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:41 pm
by Balerit
Depending on the day to day operational requirements, the SAAF has most of the aircraft in storage or maintenance and some of those in storage are awaiting spares. The spares procurement process takes so long and this adds to the problem and most likely they rob items from the stored aircraft to keep the operational aircraft going.