Cameroon’s ministry of defense has confirmed damage to one of its C-130 Hercules that crash-landed on Sunday 2 August in the country’s northern city of Maroua.
The plane had on board nearly 100 persons, most of them personnel serving in a UN mission working in the Lake Chad Basin area, according to a defense ministry statement issued on 3 August.
The aircraft missed the runway as it tried landing at the Maroua Salak international airport because of poor weather, the statement, signed by the ministry’s spokesman, Navy Commander Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo, disclosed.
“A C-130 Air Force aircraft, due to extremely poor weather conditions, went off the runway while landing on Sunday 2 August 2020 afternoon, at the Maroua Salak airport in the Diamaré Division of the Far North Region,” the statement said.
It added that “the aircraft that was on mission, had on board 96 passengers including five crew members and 91 personnel of the Cameroon defense forces deployed within the framework of the Multinational joint task force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)”.
Apart from material damage which the defense ministry official described as “slight”, no injuries or loss of life were recorded. He however added that a technical process had been initiated to ensure a “thorough assessment” of the aircraft, meanwhile investigations have also been launched to determine what exactly went wrong.
In May 2019, an aircraft, believed to be a Harbin Z-9 belong the Cameroonian military, also crashed in Oku – a village in the restive North West region of the country – killing one administrative official. The incident had also been blamed on poor weather conditions.
Cameroon operates three C-130Hs, based at Douala/Aeroporte and assigned to 22ème Escadron Aérien, with two squadrons: 221 Escadrille de Transport and 222 Escadrille de Reconnaissance.