Brussels B733 at Mbuji-Mayi on Aug 19th 2015, stabilizer damaged by dislodged runway pavement

Last Update: December 29, 2015 / 15:21:00 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 19, 2015

Classification
Accident

Flight number
ZC-103

Aircraft Registration
OO-LTM

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

A Brussels Airlines Boeing 737-300 on behalf of Korongo Airlines, registration OO-LTM performing flight ZC-103 from Mbuji-Mayi to Kinshasa N'djili (Democratic Republic of Congo), completed a seemingly uneventful flight with a safe landing in Kinshasa.

Following landing substantial damage was found to the horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft taking the aircraft out of service until estimated September 4th.

The airline complained in a press release: "Due to the damage to our plane caused on August 19th 2015 by loose tarmac slabs on the runway of Mbuji-Mayi and following preliminary reports from our Maintenance & Engineering team we are forced to extend the cancellation of our flights until September 4th 2015 inclusive. Our replacement aircraft usually leased from our South African partner is unfortunately not available, as a consequence we offer a refund of the tickets or a free rebooking on the next Korongo Airlines flight available, for which we hope to soon confirm a schedule."

On Aug 31st 2015 the occurrence aircraft was ferried to Brussels as flight SN-9902 and has remained on the ground in Brussels since.

On Sep 4th 2015 Korongo Airlines released notice on their website, that the airline is ceasing all activities and is in liquidation following decisions by an extraordinary shareholder meeting. The airline argued the decision was taken due to the extremely difficult operating conditions to date and the decision by the Congolese government to launch a new national airline, which Korongo can not compete in spirit of looking for profitability.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 19, 2015

Classification
Accident

Flight number
ZC-103

Aircraft Registration
OO-LTM

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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