Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Air Tanzania B737-200 crashes in Mwanza

From eTurboNews, Nairobi, Kenya
By Wolfgang H. Thome

The beleaguered Tanzanian national airline suffered another setback yesterday, when one of its remaining aircraft, an aged B737-200 crashed while attempting to take off from the lakeside town of Mwanza.

It was confirmed by sources at Mwanza Airport that while on the take off run some of the aircraft's tires burst, sending the plane into a skid from which the crew was unable to recover, before it eventually slid off the runway to a halt.

The plane suffered extensive damage to the undercarriage, when the nose gear collapsed under the strain. The hull and at least one of the engines were also damaged, but all passengers and crew escaped without serious injuries.

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