Date & Time: Dec 3, 2010 at 2340 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Nampula - Maputo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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.
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew in weather conditions and visibility that was below the minimums.