LANDING GEAR COLLAPSE LEADS TO MAJOR INCIDENT ON LANDING
(Posted 05th July 2020)
(Twitter picture – no photo origin available so no photo credit can be given)
While information available right now is sketchy can it be confirmed that a Kenyan registered Fokker 50 aircraft, 5Y-WFC MSN 20250, suffered a landing incident while attempting to land at the Bardere airfield in Somalia. It is not known at this time where the aircraft was coming from.
The aircraft’s registration reveals that it is operated by Buffair Services based in Nairobi and was over 28 years in service at the time of the accident.
From 1992 until 2001 was the aircraft operation in Iceland before in October 2017 appearing on the Kenyan registry under Buffair Services. It operated alongside a sister ship registered as 5Y-WFB.
Pictures already circulating on Twitter suggest that the right hand gear must have collapsed, causing the wing and the engine to also make contact with the ground and bending the propellers
It could not be established by the time of uploading the article how many people were on board and if any of them were injured, nor was it possible to establish the kind of service the aircraft undertook, passenger or cargo flights.