On January 5, 2007, about 0902 hours UTC, 5H-MUX, Piper PA-31-350, collided with trees during an aborted landing at Matambwe Airstrip, Selous, Tanzania. The pilot and eight passengers received minor injuries. One passenger was fatally injured and a second passenger was seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed. There was fire. The flight departed from Dars es Salaam, Tanzania. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The airport reportedly is served by a 2300-foot long runway with a significant downslope on one end. The runway had been exposed to recent heavy rain. The pilot attempted to land using full flaps, and touched down about halfway down the runway. He aborted the landing, and applied power to take off. The aircraft struck trees beyond the end of the runway.
The investigation is being conducted by the Republic of Tanzania, Ministry of Communication & Transport, Accident Investigaton Branch. The investigator-in-charge is John Nyamwihura. The US Accredited Representative is Dennis Jones, NTSB, Washington, D.C. (tel. 202-314-6321).