A South African Air Force plane crash-landed at Goma Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday afternoon, The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed.
Watch the aftermath of the South African Air Force crash here:
SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the plane had been deployed in the DRC as part of a United Nations’ peacekeeping mission. No-one was injured during the incident and circumstances surrounding the crash were being investigated, said Dlamini. Videos of the aftermath have since been shared online.
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South African Air Force plane crash – latest news and updates:
Here’s what we know so far:
- There were 67 people rescued, including eight crew members and 59 passengers.
- All passengers are safe and sound, with no fatalities. The aircraft also had a cargo shipment on board.
- The South African Air Force C-130BZ plane was initially built in 1963, and has the serial no 403.
- The left wing is extensively damaged, and there was a fire on engine 1.
What happens next?
The aircraft was returning from the eastern Congo city of Beni, where it was providing logistical support to the South African contingent deployed in the region. However, South Africa’s Defence Web have confirmed that the damage to the affected wing is likely to be expensive – and costly to fix.
African Defence Review Director Darren Olivier has conceded that it would be “difficult” to repair these damages based on SAAF’s small budget. The bill to salvage this aircraft would likely cost tens of millions of rand. Thankfully, there have at least been no human costs to report.
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