39 Years ago today: On 20 July 1981 a Somali Airlines Fokker F-27 Friendship crashed near Balad, Somalia, killing all 50 occupants.

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
C/n / 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

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.