2015-12-24 Services Air Cargo A310F overran runway at Mbuji-Maji

2015-12-24 Services Air Cargo A310F overran runway at Mbuji-Maji

2015-12-24 Services Air Cargo A310F overran runway at Mbuji-Maji


The cargo aircraft overran the end of the runway at Mbuji-Maji Airport ending up between small houses and trees. Eight people on the ground are known to have been killed.

On 3rd landing attempf on runway 17 at Mbuji-Maji Airport, the Airbus A310F (freighter) failed to stop within the runway lengh and overran with speed.

The aircraft departed the end of the runway with considerable speed ploughing through small houses killing (about) five people in the house plus another two on the ground before the A310 came to rest amongst trees and bushes about 500 meters behind the end of the runway.

All crewmembers on board remained unhurt in the accident, but there were eight people found dead in or near their homes.

According to post accident photos damage to the aircraft seems to be limited to the right engine and wing.

It was raining at the time of the landing but local visibility was good.

There were unconfirmed eyewitnesses reports, the A310 may have touched down late, after about half of the runway. However, on-the-spot video documents does not support this theory.

NOTE: the overall state of the runway and Apron surfaces at Mbuji-Maji Airport is known to be in a woeful condition. Large pieces of asphalt came loose, substantially degrading friction and braking effectiveness.

Only deays before the accident, Congo Airways ceased all operations to Mbuji-Maji because of the poor runway state. (see report in right column)

In August 2015, a Boeing 737 of Korongo Airways was damaged when parts of runway surface broke loose and were blown against the empennage. 

On Jan 02nd 2016, the A310 was removed and towed over a 300 m long dirtway back onto solid ground where it was finally parked on the tarmac. Air Alliance operations manager is quoted by saying:  „The pilot and the aircraft were airworthy. It is true that left the runway in heavy rain in Mbuji-Mayi. The runway was wet. It happens all the runways in the world. The pilot did what he could to stop the plane, but the braking coefficient is reduced to zero

VIDEO – 2015-12-24 Airbus A310 overran wet runway in Mbuji-Mayi, DR Congo
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Date: 2015-12-24 Time: 00:00
Location: FZWA MJM Mbuji-Mayi
Country: DR Congo (Kinshasa)
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: FZQA/FBM: Lubumbashi / Luano To: FZWA/MJM: Mbuji-Mayi
Type: Cargo
Operator: Services Air Cargo (DR Congo)

Type: Airbus A310-300F
Registration: 9Q-CVH
Age a/c: 29,8 years
Constr. No.: 413

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Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 4 0 0 4
Fatalities 0 0 8 8
Injuries 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 3rd safety occurence for the operator
  • 83rd safety occurence of type (A310)
  • 7th safety occurence a Mbuji-Maji Airport, DRC
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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