Accident description
Last updated: 31 August 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 20 July 1981
Type:Fokker F-27 Friendship 600RF
Operator:Somali Airlines
Registration: 6O-SAY
C/n / msn: 10557
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:6087
Cycles:2777
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Balad (   Somalia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ/HCMM), Somalia
Destination airport:Hargeisa Airport (HGA/HCMH), Somalia
Flightnumber: 40
Narrative:
The F-27 entered an area of heavy rain in clouds with severe turbulence, eight minutes after take-off. The aircraft entered a spiral dive after encountering strong vertical gusts. Loads during the dive increased to 5.76 G. These loads exceeded the design stress limits, causing part of the right wing to separate.

Classification:
Turbulence
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Letter
» Willem Wendt


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Distance from Mogadishu International Airport to Hargeisa Airport as the crow flies is 841 km (526 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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