A military Lockheed C-130 Hercule belonging to the South African Air Force (SAAF) serving in the MONUSCO operations made a runway excursion while landing at Goma Airport from Beni town, both places located in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) in the morning of January 9,2020.
Sources around the airport say that it was raining in Goma, which might be one of the reasons for the heavy machine to skid and deviate from the runway centerline and stop in the bushes on the left side of the runway.It is reported by the same sources that 59 passengers were on board the aircraft but it is not yet known if there was any casuality among them.
one of the pictures taken after the accident shows a man wearing like a pilot in walking in front of one of the aircraft windows with a pending escape rope in the same window.
It was reportedly by other sources on ground that a problem occured in the left engine could also be the source of the accident, but all these are still yet to be confirmed by officials at the Goma Airport.
The Locheed C-130 Hercules is an America 4 engines turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed(now Lockheed Martin) capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop,medevac and cargo transport aircraft. The C-130 entered service with the U.S. in 1956, followed by Australia and many other nations.
In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft to mark 50 years of continuous service with its original primary customer, which for the C-130 is the United States Air Force(USAF). It also happen to be the longest continuously produced military aircraft at over 60 years, with the updated Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules currently being produced.
This article could be updated as long as we get more infirmation