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13th of August 2003, Blog #505

A Let L-410 was operating a charter flight on behalf of a humanitarian agency. The aircraft had a crew of two and three passengers, on this day in aviation history, 2003. It had departed Lokichoggio Airport (Kenya) and was heading for Rumbek Airport (Lakes South Sudan).

The aircraft after being stripped for useful parts (Source © M. Demett)

The flight distance was approximately 600 kilometers (377 miles). After an uneventful flight, the aircraft was approaching the 2200 meter (7218 feet) runway at Rumbek and was in contact with ATC. After receiving the landing clearance the pilot in command observed an animal crossing the runway and decided to land further down the runway than the touchdown zone. However, this delayed touchdown brought the aircraft so far down the runway that the distance remaining was insufficient to stop the aircraft.

The aircraft overran the runway and came to a stop a considerable distance from the runway. The 3 passengers and 2 crew evacuated the aircraft without injury. The aircraft was written off as damaged beyond repair.

The wreck in 2014 (Source; © Tony)

Why the pilot didn't decide to go around is unclear, no accident report was found detailing the exact circumstances of the accident. But as the song goes; "You can always go around":

The "You can always go around" song

** Editorial note **

V2 Aviation - Training & Maintenance has not been able to obtain an investigation report on this accident. This blog is therefore based on several internet sources. Should there be an inconsistency in the blog don't hesitate to get in touch with us. There are two possibilities to do that, via the comments function at the bottom of this page or via the contact page of the website.

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