[PICS] SANDF sends technical team to investigate SA Air Force plane crash in DRC
A South African military plane crash-landed at the Goma airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says the aircraft had been deployed in the DRC as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission.
SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini says an aviation expert and technical team from the South African Air Force are headed for Goma investigate the possible cause of the crash.
Dlamini says foul play has been ruled out.
The plane was damaged after crash landing but no injuries were reported.
Images shared on social media showed smoke rising from the aircraft and damage to its left wing.
#RDC/#Goma: Des images montrent un avion avec immatriculation Sud Africaine en feu (crash) à l'aéroport de #Goma et les sources parleraient d'un avion de la brigade d'intervention de la @MONUSCO pic.twitter.com/xY1dl2DoIM— F I S T O N M A H A M B A (@FMLarousse) January 9, 2020
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. Still unclear what happened.https://t.co/pdnmmys0z4 pic.twitter.com/ECY9BDnFjr— Darren Olivier (@darren_olivier) January 9, 2020
It's too early a stage to point out what could or may have happened. An aviation expert and technical team from the South African Air Force are headed for Goma investigate.Siphiwe Dlamini, Head Of Communications - Department Of Defence
The aircraft was coming from Beni, a town north of Goma, where some of our troops are serving.Siphiwe Dlamini, Head Of Communications - Department Of Defence
They had gone [to Beni] to drop off some logistic supplies to the troops.Siphiwe Dlamini, Head Of Communications - Department Of Defence
There were passengers on board togther with the crew when the crash landing happend at Goma aiport.Siphiwe Dlamini, Head Of Communications - Department Of Defence
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Thumbnail image: Darren Olivier on Twitter
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