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Bill Clinton’s Jet Makes Unscheduled Landing in Tanzania

A Canadian turboprop Dash 7 jet, carrying former President Bill Clinton, had to make an unscheduled landing in Dodoma, Tanzania on April 29.

The plane was en-route from Iranga to Lake Manyara when one of its four engines malfunctioned. The pilot then had to land near Dodoma fueling station where the engine was repaired.

The aircraft took off again shortly afterwards and safely landed at its scheduled destination.

Clinton was visiting the country to tour projects funded by his foundation.

Ethiopian Airliner Diverts, Mired At Arusha Airport

On December 18, Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-383ER #ET-AQW en route from Addis Ababa to Zanzibar-Kisauni Airport diverted to Arusha Airport. On landing on the too short runway, the plane’s wheels departed the pavement and became mired in soft ground.

No one was injured in the landing.

There is a rumor that the pilots diverted from the Zanzibar airport because they were unable to land there because there was a vehicle on the runway with a flat tire. The plane was nearly out of fuel and the best/closest option was Arusha. Passengers waited aboard as air stairs were driven from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha—time consuming, but stairs eliminate the likelihood of injury by emergency evacuation on slides.

The diversion to Arusha is under inquiry; they apparently landed without clearance and once they were down, asked where they were. It is unknown if, even under the most favorable conditions (i.e., empty with experts at the helm), the plane can take from the short runway. It remains to be seen how the crew will fare for this decision, but some credit should be given for landing a 767 safely onto a 4500′ runway with zero casualties. Some armchair pilots are guessing that the pilots mistook Arusha for Kilimanjaro airport, mistaking Mount Meru for Kilimanjaro.


Two Boeings Bump in Tanzania

Oman Air Flight 717, a Boeing 737-800 bumped a stationary Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300. The winglet on the Oman Air plane made contact.

The Oman Air flight to Dar-Es-Salaam and Muscat was only delayed four hours.

Neither plane reported damage. There is no indication if passengers were aboard either plane at the time of the incident.

The incident occurred at Zanzibar International Airport, now called Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

African Medical Research Foundation Crash in Tanzania

Photographer Roberto Benetti

On July 30, 2013, an African Medical Research Foundation Cessna 404 Titan took off from Merugwayi airstrip en route to Arusha, crashed in Kapingiro village, Tanzania.

The seven people aboard were severely injured when the plane crashed in stormy weather conditions. The flight was carrying doctors providing free medical services in Arusha. Arusha-based Flying Medical Services confirmed the accident but the details have not been released.

Cessna Crash in Tanzania

A Tanzania National Parks Authority Cessna 182Q Skylane flying from Mpanda airport to Katavi National Park crashed in Nsemlwa village, Tanzania after the plane developed engine failure.

The pilot capt. Adamu Athumani Kajwa survived a crash that split the plane in two. He had already dropped off his passenger at Mpanda Airport.

Farmers witnessed the plane crash and assisted the pilot although their assistance was hampered by bees.

The pilot was hospitalized at Mpanda district hospital.

Air Tanzania Runway Overrun

Contact photographer Ammann Martin

What: Air Tanzania de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311Q en route from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam via Tabora
Where: Kigoma
When: Apr 9th 2012
Who: 35 passengers and 4 crew
Why: Air Tanzania was taking off from Kigoma when it suffered an engine failure. Two passengers were hospitalized with shock but there were no other injuries reported.

Pilots rejected takeoff.

The jet overran the runway. Local news reported that the pilots “hit a pothole” which prevented the takeoff. It is not unusual for us to end up with conflicting reasons behind accidents. We do not know if the runway was soft after recent rains. It is up to the official investigation to reveal what happened. We are just delighted that the pilots landed the plane with no loss of life or serious injury.

The right engine separated, and the right wing incurred some damage; the nose gear collapsed. The plane has been written off with substantial damage. Unless Air Tanzania tells us otherwise, we believe this is the last de Havilland Canada DHC-8 in the fleet.

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