Two accidents occurred at Tanzania's airport with a 6-hour difference: planes of the same airline went out of order
Two accidents occurred on a small runway in the eastern part of Tanzania about six hours apart. Both incidents involved Unity Air's EMB120 aircraft at Kikoboga Airport (ICAO: HTMK).
Fortunately, the accidents did not result in any human casualties, but there was damage to the nearby buildings and the aircraft themselves. The Tanzania National Parks Authority has contacted the Aviation Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) under the Ministry of Transport to investigate the incidents, as reported by Simple Flying.
The runway where the two incidents occurred is not very large, but it is regularly used by airlines flying to popular tourist destinations.
The first plane that experienced a hard landing was flying from Zanzibar. It began its descent around 15:40 local time. As it approached the ground, the crew discovered problems with the landing gear, which were reported to the controllers.
During the landing, the right main landing gear failed, forcing the plane to leave the runway and stop in a field nearby, flipping over on its right wing. There were 33 people on board, including the crew, but no one was injured.
The second crash occurred at around 21:30 local time with an airplane flying from Kikoboga to Zanzibar. The plane had not yet taken off when the front strut failed, forcing the plane to crash into a nearby building.
There were 34 people on board, including 30 passengers, two pilots and two flight attendants. No one was seriously injured. The runway was also not damaged, so subsequent flights continued as scheduled.