ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 600RF 6O-SAY Balad
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Date:Monday 20 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 600RF
Operator:Somali Airlines
Registration: 6O-SAY
MSN: 10557
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:6087
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Balad (   Somalia)
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
The F-27 entered an area of heavy rain in clouds with severe turbulence, eight minutes after takeoff. 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.

Wing failure
Loss of control

» Aviation Letter
» Willem Wendt


photo of Fokker-F-27600RF-PH-EXC
accident date: 20-07-1981
type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 600RF
registration: PH-EXC

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mogadishu International Airport to Hargeisa Airport as the crow flies is 841 km (526 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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