Botswana Defense Force C-130 damaged by LAM aircraft in Pemba


Botswana Defense Force C-130 damaged by LAM aircraft in Pemba

A Botswana Defense Forces (BDF) C-130 Hercules sustained minor wing damage after a ground collision with a LAM Mozambique Airlines plane at Pemba Airport.

According to the Lusa News Agency, the incident happened on Tuesday, October 27. Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) said his plane was preparing for take-off when the tip of its wing struck the other plane.

Passengers bound for Maputo were forced to disembark and wait for another plane to transport them to their destination.

The LAM plane involved in the incident is awaiting a decision from authorities regarding its airworthiness, Lusa reported.

LAM said the incident occurred during the “movement to access the runway”, in which the LAM aircraft “touched the tip of its wing with the tip of another aircraft. which caused the interruption of the operation “.

LAM has two Boeing 737s in service. One of them was involved in a runway excursion during the landing at Quelimane airport in February this year.

The BDF C-130 (OM2) is one of three Hercules in service with the BDF Air Wing, although one is in storage. The plane was transporting troops and equipment to Mozambique as part of Botswana‘s contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique fighting insurgents in Cabo Delgado province.

Botswana sent its first troops to Mozambique in July.


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