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Last updated: 27 October 2020
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 10 maart 1998
Tijd:16:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic B461 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-146-100
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air Botswana
Registratie: A2-ABD
Constructienummer: E1101
Bouwjaar: 1989-01-14 (9 years 2 months)
Motoren: 4 Lycoming ALF502R-5
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 60
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 66
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Hwange Airport (WKI) (   Zimbabwe)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:?
Vliegveld van aankomst:Hwange Airfield (WKI/FVWT), Zimbabwe
Beschrijving:
The BAe-146 was approaching Hwange with the weather information given as "Few 7,000 FT CB scattered 7,000 feet". When queried by crew on the presence of a storm on the approach to runway 08, the tower replied that there were light showers. Surface winds speed was reported as 8 kts. The area west of the approach beacon, 4.4. DME from the runway, was reported as in the clear. At a height of 750 feet above ground level the aircraft encountered heavy rain and severe windshear. Windshear recovery was initiated and maximum thrust applied, but the plane continued to descend at an average vertical speed of 2400 ft/min and struck trees. The crew decided to divert to Harare. Tree damage made it impossible to lower the nose gear. The aircraft landed on the main gear on a foamed runway.



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