Incident Boeing 737-752 (WL) C9-BAQ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192598
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Date:Thursday 5 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-752 (WL)
Owner/operator:LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique
Registration: C9-BAQ
MSN: 33792/1571
Year of manufacture:2004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 86
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near Tete Airport (TET/FQTT) -   Mozambique
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Maputo International Airport (MPM/FQMA)
Destination airport:Tete Airport (TET/FQTT)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
LAM Flight 136, a Boeing 737-700, The aircraft departed Maputo, Mozambique, at 15:35 hours local time on a regular passenger flight to Tete.
While on approach for landing the flight crew heard a bang, "which alerted [the crew] about the possibility of the aircraft having had contact with an external body", according a statement made by LAM.
The flight crew continued the approach and subsequently carried out a safe landing at Tete.
After landing it appeared that the right hand side of the nose cone had sustained considerable damage consisting of dents and gashes.

The Mozambique's Civil Aviation Authority (ICAM) investigated the damage and concluded the radome most likely failed as result of a structural failure caused by air flow pressure.
The radome of C9-BAQ was acquired as a used part from an American company that provides aviation components and spare parts. The IACM believes that the radome failed because of defective repairs in the past. It had been installed on the aircraft during major maintenance in South Africa on Jun 27th 2016.

Weather about the time of the incident (1500Z) included a visibilty of 4000 m, broken clouds at 2000 feet AGL, few clouds at 2500 feet AGL. Winds from 050 degrees at 9 knots and rain associated with a thunderstorm. Cumulonimbus clouds were present to the north, northeast and south of the airport:
FQTT 051500Z 05009KT 4000 TSRA BKN020 FEW025CB 25/21 Q1008 RMK CB TO N/NE/S




Revision history:

06-Jan-2017 13:03 harro Added
06-Jan-2017 13:07 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Narrative, Photo, ]
06-Jan-2017 13:18 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2017 13:28 harro Updated [Narrative]
06-Jan-2017 13:30 harro Updated [Narrative]
06-Jan-2017 17:54 Jesper Updated [Total occupants, Location, Country]
06-Jan-2017 17:54 harro Updated [Total occupants, Location, Country, Destination airport]
11-Jan-2017 09:12 rigred Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jan-2017 09:16 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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