GR-Avia AN24 at Galkayo on Apr 28th 2012, burst tyres, veered off runway and broke up

Last Update: May 28, 2012 / 11:24:50 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 28, 2012

Airline
GR-Avia

Flight number
6J-711

Destination
Galkayo, Somalia

Aircraft Registration
3X-GEB

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-24

ICAO Type Designator
AN24

A GR-Avia Antonov AN-24 on behalf of Jubba Airways, registration 3X-GEB (MSN 37308403) performing flight 6J-711 from Hargeisa (Somaliland/Somalia) to Galkayo (Puntland/Somalia) with 32 passengers and 4 (Russian) crew, blew both nose gear tyres upon touchdown on Galkayo's runway 05L, veered off the runway and came to rest off the runway at 14:33L (11:33Z), the entire wing separated from the aircraft. No injuries occurred, the aircraft received substantial damage.

RBC Radio Puntland cites Puntland's Minister of Aviation Mr. Gamute stating "The error was that the pilot of aircraft could not manage to land the plane properly so it broke outside the airport. But luckily no one was hurt."

Puntlandi.com cites Puntland's Minister of Aviation Mr. Gamute confirming a wing received damage in response to their report of a wing having separated from the aircraft.

Attempts by The Aviation Herald to reach Jubba Airways have failed so far due to not working e-mail addresses, not working phone numbers and not working fax numbers in all their offices published on their website (in addition to a more than incomplete schedule, that for example lists several arrivals at Hargeisa but nearly no departures for Saturdays, certainly no flight to Galkayo).

Puntland Government's spokesman Ahmed Omar Hersi confirmed flight 6J-711 landed on Galkayo's runway at 14:55L, blew both right hand tyres and veered off the runway coming to a stop off the runway with substantial damage. Metars are currently being collected and will be forwarded to The Aviation Herald, an investigation into the accident has been opened and is still in progress.

On May 3rd Puntland's Government provided additional documentation to The Aviation Herald now stating that the right hand main gear tyres were not blown, however, the nose wheels were found about 200 meters/650 feet away from the location of where the aircraft came to rest. The captain reported they attempted to avoid an animal, however, no animal, dead or alive, was found at the site. The captain was not able to tell what kind of animal crossed the runway.

According to these documents the captain reported in a post flight interview, that at 14:33L they were in the flare onto Galkayo's runway 05L, about 5-7 feet above the runway, when the captain noticed an animal crossing the runway from left to right. The crew attempted to overfly the animal in order to avoid a collision, the aircraft subsequently touched down, bounced back into the air, touched down again, bounced another time even higher, lost its airspeed and touched down very hard, the destruction of the aircraft began. After coming to a stop the aircraft was evacuated.

On May 8th Puntland's Minister of Aviation Mr. Gamute forwarded data provided by the Airport Authority of Galkayo stating, that at the time of the accident the weather and winds were calm with no precipitation. The "aircraft hit 400 meters past touch down zone of the runway", ran about 350 meters along the runway, veered right off the runway, turned back towards the runway and stopped. The airport authority reported the pilot saw but could not identify an animal on the runway, he believed it was a goat or a dog, no animal was found however. Runway 05L/23R is an asphalt and runway 05R/23L a dirt runway.

Galkayo Airport offers two runways 05L/23R (asphalt) and 05R/23L (dirt) of 3010 meters/9860 feet length each.

The aircraft was formerly registered with South Airlines as EK-46507 and had been registered in Conakry on Aug 19th 2009 to be operated by GR-Avia, South Airlines remained owner of the aircraft.

Jubba Airways leased an Eastok Avia Boeing 737-300, registration EX-37002 (MSN 27521) in as replacement for the Antonov AN-24.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 28, 2012

Airline
GR-Avia

Flight number
6J-711

Destination
Galkayo, Somalia

Aircraft Registration
3X-GEB

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-24

ICAO Type Designator
AN24

This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
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