Skyward DH8A at Elwak on Jul 21st 2021, main gear collapse and runway excursion on landing

Last Update: July 21, 2021 / 10:05:53 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 21, 2021

Classification
Accident

Destination
Elwak, Kenya

Aircraft Registration
5Y-GRS

ICAO Type Designator
DH8A

A Skyward Express de Havilland Dash 8-100, registration 5Y-GRS performing a passenger flight from Nairobi Wilson to Elwak (Kenya) with 45 people on board, landed on Elwak's gravel runway but suffered the collapse of the left main gear and went off the runway. No injuries are being reported, the aircraft sustained substantial damage however.

Elwak Airport is located at the Kenyan-Somali (Jubbaland) border about 8nm west of the border, at the western outskirt of Elwak City.

Some media report the new airport was built across the border in Somalia, however, Satellite images do not show an aerodrome in Bur Ache (Somalia), but show a new aerodrome with matching properties (gravel runway 2000 meters in length) 4nm west of Elwak City. According to the media reports this new aerodrome was opened in 2016, but was closed again due to political disputes between Somalia and Kenya.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 21, 2021

Classification
Accident

Destination
Elwak, Kenya

Aircraft Registration
5Y-GRS

ICAO Type Designator
DH8A

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