40 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|
Fokker F-27 Friendship 600RF
|Total airframe hrs:||6087|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44|
|Total:||Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50|
|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.