Precision AT42 at Bukoba on Nov 6th 2022, overran runway on landing and ended up in Lake Victoria

Last Update: November 10, 2022 / 19:08:41 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 6, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
PW-494

Destination
Bukoba, Tanzania

Aircraft Registration
5H-PWF

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-42

ICAO Type Designator
AT42

A Precision Air Service Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-500, registration 5H-PWF performing flight PW-494 from Dar es Salaam to Bukoba (Tanzania) with 39 passengers and 4 crew, was on approach to Bukoba's runway 13 at about 08:53L (05:53Z). The aircraft overshot Bukoba's runway 13 and came to a stop submerged in Lake Victoria about 100 meters/330 feet past the end of the runway with the nose of the aircraft pointing away from the shore. The aircraft is about 80% submerged. 26 survivors were taken to hospital. 24 survivors and 19 fatalities (amongst them the captain and first officer of the flight) were confirmed.

The airline confirmed at about 10:40Z, flight PW-494 aircraft registration 5H-PWF was involved in an accident as it was approaching Bukoba Airport and crash landed in Lake Victoria. Rescue works are ongoing, so far 26 passengers have been rescued and taken to a hospital for medical care. So far no death has been confirmed.

Local police reported the aircraft crashed into the waters of Lake Victoria about 100 meters from the airport due to bad weather.

In a press conference at 12:00z local authorities reported they have recovered 3 bodies from the aircraft, so far 26 people have been recovered alive, the search for the missing 14 people is still underway.

In the afternoon Tanzania's Prime Minister, visiting the accident site, reported that a total of 19 people have died in the accident, it is unclear whether there were 2 rescuers, survivors succumbed in hospital or whether there is a discrepancy with the number of people on board (45 people instead of 43 people as reported by the airline, e.g. dead heading flight attendants not listed).

Survivors reported the aircraft had been approaching Bukoba in heavy rain, the approach was turbulent. The crew aborted the approach and climbed back, then announced they would try another approach and if that failed again, they would need to return to Dar es Salaam. The aircraft was on final approach again when they suddenly found themselves in the water, the cabin filled rapidly with water, a flight attendant opened the emergency exit in the back where they were able to get out of the aircraft and after some time were picked up by fisher boats.

The airline reported in the evening, that 19 occupants perished in the accident, 24 people survived the accident.

A ground observer reported the aircraft was heading into the direction of Musira Island when it impacted the waters of Lake Victora just a few meters away. One door of the aircraft was opened from the inside, other doors could not be opened from inside or outside, attempts to break them open were futile. The people getting out of the aircraft were taken onto canoes and taken ashore.

On Nov 7th 2022 earlier statements that both cabin crew had died in the accident were retracted. Officials now report the captain of the flight is amongst the dead.

On Nov 8th 2022 the airline reported the captain and the first officer of the flight perished in the accident, both cabin crew are amongst the survivors. The aircraft carried two Kenyan, one Chinese, one British and 35 Tanzanian passengers.

On Nov 8th 2022 the aircraft was lifted out of Lake Victoria and broke just ahead of the main wings in two parts during the recovery.

On Nov 10th 2022 Tanzania's AIB reported there were 19 fatalities, the aircraft was destroyed. The AIB is investigating.

According to recent charts by Tanzania's CAA there are no instrument approaches published for Bukoba, there are also no ground based navigation aids (NDB, VOR, DME) at the aerodrome (the next NDB and VOR/DME are at Mwanza).

Only available METARs:
HTBU 060300Z 27004KT 9999 SCT012 FEW014CB BKN080 20/17 Q1015=
HTBU 060200Z 27004KT 9999 SCT012 FEW014CB BKN080 20/17 Q1015=

Available METARs for Mwanza, located about 95nm southeast of Bukoba on the shores of Lake Victoria:
HTMW 060800Z 32013KT 9999 SCT023 FEW024CB 25/20 Q1018 NOSIG=
HTMW 060500Z 30005KT 9999 TS BKN018 FEW019CB 19/17 Q1016 NOSIG=
HTMW 060400Z 13015KT 8000 -TSRA BKN019 FEW020CB 21/16 Q1015 NOSIG=
HTMW 060300Z 00000KT 9999 FEW018 FEW019CB 19/18 Q1015 NOSIG=
HTMW 060200Z 00000KT 9999 FEW018 FEW019CB 20/19 Q1015 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 6, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
PW-494

Destination
Bukoba, Tanzania

Aircraft Registration
5H-PWF

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-42

ICAO Type Designator
AT42

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