Date & Time: Oct 12, 2015 at 1930 LT
Oostend – Cairo – Mogadishu
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Pax on board:
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.