Date & Time: Dec 3, 2010 at 2340 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 1900C
Operator:
Registration:
C9-AUO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nampula - Maputo
MSN:
UC-148
YOM:
1991
Country:
Mozambique
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Flight from Nampula was uneventful until the approach to Maputo. Due to bad weather conditions, pilots were vectored to a holding circuit. After two circuits, captain decided to start the descent despite the ATC informed him about very poor conditions. At this time, the visibility was reduced due to night, heavy rain falls, thunderstorm activity with turbulences and lightnings. On final approach to runway 23, aircraft was too low and hit the ground short of runway in a slight nose-up attitude. On impact, aircraft broke in two and came to rest. All 17 occupants were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.
Causes:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew in weather conditions and visibility that was below the minimums.