ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander C9-APQ Songo Airport
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Date:Sunday 15 April 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander
Operator:COMAG - Companhia Moçambicana de Aviação Geral
Registration: C9-APQ
MSN: 364
First flight: 1973-10-26 (5 years 6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Songo Airport (   Mozambique)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Fíngoe Airstrip, Mozambique
Destination airport:?
The BN-2A Islander operated on a round trip from Tete to Fíngoe, Mozambique and return. While en route at 4,700 feet agl on the return leg of the flight the aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The missile impacted the no. 2 engine, causing a massive fire on the wing. The engine broke away from the wing. The pilot immediately initiated an emergency descent towards Songo Airport. With the right hand wing still on fire, the pilot made a flapless landing at Songo. The aircraft came to rest on the left hand shoulder of the runway. Although fire services attended quickly, the entire center and forward section of the aircraft was consumed by fire.

Shot down from the ground
Forced landing on runway



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