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Tue, 02 May 2017 10:40 - Updated Tue, 02 May 2017 10:42

Zaire: ENANA bans landing of large aircrafts at Soyo airport

Soyo - The National Company of Airports Exploration and Air Navigation (ENANA) on Monday, temporarily banned the landing of large aircrafts at Comandante" Ndozi? aiport in Soyo municipality, northern Zaire province.

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Zaire: Detail of Soyo airport

Photo: João F. Cuti

Zaire: Crashed plane

Photo: João F. Cuti

According to the Airport director, José Chissonde Mame, who was speaking in a press conference, the ban is due the plane crash recorded on Sunday, April 30, at the local runway involving the Boeing 737-700 plane of the Angolan Airlines (TAAG).

The official explained that the ban is a cautionary measure, since all the efforts are being made by TAAG and other incumbent institutions in order to remove the crashed plane from the runway.

A Boeing 737-700 from the Angolan Airlines (TAAG), carrying 47 passengers and six crew members from Luanda, crashed when maneuvering in the landing zone on Sunday.

Angop learnt that though a part of the cockpit was damaged and all occupants were not injured.

The crash at Comandante Nzozi airport in Soyo city occurred minutes after the plane hit the track at about 11 a.m following a landing gear failure, forcing the front tires getting in.

According to local airport authorities, the Boeing 737-700 landed well on the runway, but when trying to maneuver to park in the landing area the front side of the aircraft hit the ground.

Meanwhile, experts from the Office of Aircraft Accident Prevention are waiting at any moment in Soyo to determine the real causes of the situation.

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