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Crash of an Airbus A300B4-203F in Afgooye

Date & Time: Oct 12, 2015 at 1930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SU-BMZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Oostend – Cairo – Mogadishu
MSN:
129
YOM:
5
Flight number:
TSY810
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Ostend to Mogadishu with an intermediate stop in Cairo with perishable goods on board on behalf of the AMISOM, the African Mission in Somalia. The final approach to Mogadishu-Aden Adde International Airport was performed by night. The crew was unable to localize the runway so decided to abandon the approach and made a go around. A second attempt and maybe a third one failed as well and the crew completed a go around and continued to the north of the capital city. Eventually, the captain decided to make an emergency belly landing in a field located near Afgooye, about 25 km north of Mogadishu. On landing, the aircraft lost both engines and came to rest in the bush. Two crew members were taken to hospital while four others were unhurt. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair. According to Somalian Authorities, the International Airport of Mogadishu is open to traffic from 0600LT to 1800LT. For undetermined reason, the crew started the descent while the airport seems to be already closed (sunset at 1747LT). Also, an emergency landing was unavoidable, probably due to a fuel exhaustion. It is not known yet why the crew did not divert to the alternate airport. It is also not indicated if the airport was equipped with approach lights or not.

Crash of an Airbus A300B4-203F in Bratislava

Date & Time: Nov 16, 2012 at 0525 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EI-EAC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Leipzig - Bratislava
MSN:
250
YOM:
1983
Flight number:
DHL6321
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew took off from Leipzig Airport at 0438LT bound for Bratislava Airport (Slovakia). The approximately forty-five minutes flight took place without incident and the crew was cleared for the ILS approach to runway 22. The Captain was PF. During the descent, the controller informed the crew that the wind was from  120° at  7  kt. The crew selected the slats and flaps at 25°. The antiskid and the autobrake were armed in MED mode. The ILS 22 approach was stable until the wheels touched down. The main landing gear touched the runway about 700 m from the threshold of runway  22. The crew deployed the thrust reversers. About six seconds after the nose gear touched, the crew felt strong vibrations that increased as the speed dropped. At 85 kt, the thrust reversers were retracted. The aeroplane veered towards the left. The PF explained that he applied energetic braking and tried in vain to counter the rocking by using the rudder pedals then the nose gear steering control. He  added that the sequence occurred so quickly that he did not think to use differential braking to try to keep the aeroplane on the runway. The aeroplane exited the runway to the left at a speed of about 45 kt. Its nose gear struck a concrete inspection pit and collapsed. The aeroplane skidded for a few dozen metres before coming to a stop. The crew evacuated the aeroplane. Between the start of the vibrations and the aeroplane stopping, it had rolled about 400 metres.
Probable cause:
Incorrect installation of one or more washers on the nose gear torque link centre hinge made it impossible to lock the hinge shaft nut effectively. The unscrewing and the detachment of the latter in service caused the loss of nose gear steering. Free on its axle, the nose gear bogie began to shimmy, which made the aeroplane veer to the left. The aeroplane exited the runway and the nose gear collapsed during the collision with a concrete inspection pit for access to the runway lighting electric cables.The runway excursion was due to the incorrect and undetected re-assembly of the nose gear torque links. Despite the presence of a detailed diagram, the absence of clear and detailed instructions in the text of the manufacturer’s AMM, allowing the operator to ensure that the assembly was correct, contributed to the incorrect assembly. The failure of the nose gear was due to the collision with an obstacle in the runway  strip. The absence of any regulation requiring that equipment in the immediate vicinity of a runway or of a runway overrun area be designed so as to limit as much as possible any damage to aeroplanes, in case of a runway excursion, contributed to the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of an Airbus A300B-4-203F in Monterrey: 7 killed

Date & Time: Apr 13, 2010 at 2318 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-TUE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mexico City - Monterrey - Los Angeles
MSN:
78
YOM:
1979
Flight number:
TNO302
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
On final approach to Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo Airport in poor weather conditions, the aircraft stalled and crashed on a motorway located two kilometers short of runway 11 threshold. All five occupants were killed. A car was hit on the ground and both occupants were also killed. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were marginal with rain, cumulonimbus and sky broken at 600 feet.

Crash of an Airbus A300B4 in Bagram AFB

Date & Time: Mar 1, 2010 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TC-ACB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bahrain - Bagram
MSN:
121
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
12923
Captain / Total hours on type:
8000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
25300
Aircraft flight cycles:
46516
Circumstances:
While approaching Bagram AFB, crew did not obtain three green lights when the undercarriage were lowered. The left main gear signal appears to stay in red. Captain obtained the authorization to make two low passes over the airport and the ATC confirmed all three gears were down. The final approach was completed at low speed and after touch down, while braking, the left main gear failed. The aircraft veered off runway to the left and came to rest some 2 km past the runway threshold. All five crewmen were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Cracks as result of fatigue caused the fracture of the hinge arm of the left main gear strut.
The cracking most likely occurred as result of corrosion that remained undetected during the last maintenance inspection.
The origin of pitting could not be identified, the investigation however identified deficiencies in the maintenance task conducted during last overhaul of the gear strut.
Incomplete maintenance documentation and tools available during overhaul contributed to the accident.
Final Report: