Plane misses runway in east Congo, landing in lava
By PATRICE CITERA, Associated Press Writer Patrice Citera, Associated Press Writer – 56 mins ago
KINSHASA, Congo – A U.N.-run radio station says a passenger plane overshot a runway in eastern Congo and landed in lava, injuring 20 people.
Radio Okapi said the plane was flying from Kinshasa to Goma on Thursday and passengers had warned the crew that there were heavy clouds. One passenger told the station that the plane had landed in lava near Goma's airport.
An official from the U.N. mission in Congo, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he does not have permission to speak with media, said there were 117 passengers aboard.
They included the governor of North Kivu province, who was not hurt.
In April 2008, a DC-9 crashed while failing to lift off from Goma's airport leaving at least 40 people dead. A 2002 volcanic eruption sent lava oozing onto Goma's runway.
Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano not far from the Goma airport and the shores of Lake Kivu. That volcano has a long history of lava flows, often reeking havoc on the local population and their fields. The runway at Goma (FZNA) 18/36 is listed as 1,995 meters 6,545 feet long. Some time ago a lava flow took out the northern 1/3 or so of the runway. It has long cooled and solidified. The silly headline makes it sound like the plane ended up in a pool of molten lava, pure rubbish, as is most of the other statements.
I was trying to post pictures of a plane that needed mass repairs prior to getting airborne again but I don't get the "manage attachment" opportunity. Is that because I haven't posted enough? Anyone know? Thanks