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02 Dec 2020 - 737-500, EY-560 (26538/2298), FF 20/5/1992 (18 Years old), operated by Air Djibouti suffered a loss control due to windshear on final approach for landing and landed before threshold at at Garowe (HCMW), Somalia on 2nd Dec 2020 at 06:25Z.

The RH MLG collapsed and the aircraft burst two tires and sustained engine damage. 8 crew and 31 passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and no injuries were sustained.

The preliminary report (extracts below) states that the aircraft touched down short of the runway. This is confirmed by witness marks (see photo below). It appears that the landing gear may have suffered damage when transitioning from unprepared gravel in the undershoot to the raised tarmac of the runway.

 

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EY-560 MLG collapse

EY-560 after the incident (photo via Twitter)

Extracts from the preliminary report

Factual Information

On the day of the accident, the pilot completed preflight check and departed from Hargeisa at 05:40Z with 9500 kg fuel on board.

On arrival at Garowe, the pilot conducted visual approach for runway 06 and at low altitude the aircraft experienced a windshear landing before threshold. The indicated airspeed of the aircraft before impact was 135kts, the accident occurred at 06:25Z.

Runway lies at 448 m amsl, Latitude 08027’35.7’’ N and Longitude 48034’06.1’’E.

Damage to Aircraft

Examination of the accident site showed the aircraft experienced hard landing and burst two right tires on the ground which also resulted to damage on the engine.

Personnel Information

The pilot was holding an Air Transport License. The pilot had 6050 total hours flown. He had 5170 hrs on type.

Sequence of Events

According to the pilot, Aircraft Boeing 737-500, with registration EY-560 from Hargeisa carrying passengers was landing phase in Garowe, Puntland State, on 2 December 2020 at 0625Z. Pilot conducted visual approach and aircraft was stable. At low altitude the aircraft experienced a windshear and hit the runway. While rolling on runway unusual movements of the aircraft were noticed. The aircraft was controllable and stopped on the runway.

Meteorological Information

Weather information at 06:25Z, indicated FEW low clouds at 2000ft, visibility was more than 10km and wind direction was 0600 North-East at speed approximately 17kts.

Analysis

  • The aircraft condition was airworthy before the accident.
  • The crew had appropriate qualifications and expertise.
  • The factor contributing the accident is weather condition.
  • Windshear was the major cause of the accident.

Conclusion

  • The pilot held an ATPL license from Kyrgyz Authority.
  • The root cause of the accident is loss of control of aircraft.
  • The contributory factor was windshear.

Recommendations

  • Upgrade the weather forecast for timely update on weather factors to mitigate weather related occurrences.
  • Upgrade emergency services with modern equipment to handle emergencies.
  • Rehearse emergency response drills and communications to improve on required services.
  • Acquire required heavy equipment removal capabilities.
  • Routine and updated training to enhance personnel competencies.

EY-560 witness marks

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