August 4, 2020 (by Asif Shamim) - Cameroon's Ministry of Defence has confirmed one of its C-130 Hercules transport aircraft sustained damaged after over shooting the runway in the countries Northern city of Maroua on August 2nd.
AAC C-130H Hercules (serial unknown) sustained damaged after over shooting the runway in the countries Northern city of Maroua on August 2nd, 2020. [Photographer unknown]
Reports indicate the C-130 had 96 people on board, most of them personnel serving in a UN mission working in the Lake Chad Basin area, according to a defense ministry statement.
The aircraft missed the runway as it tried landing at the Maroua Salak International Airport because of poor weather, the statement, signed by the ministry's spokesman, Navy Commander Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo, disclosed.
"A C-130 Air Force aircraft, due to extremely poor weather conditions, went off the runway while landing on Sunday 2nd August afternoon, at the Maroua Salak airport in the Diamaré Division of the Far North Region," the statement said.
It added that "the aircraft that was on mission, had on board 96 passengers including five crew members and 91 personnel of the Cameroon defense forces deployed within the framework of the Multinational joint task force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)".
The Defence Ministry described the damage as being "slight" on the airframe, with no injuries or loss of life were recorded amongst the passengers and crew. Officals have initiated a thorough assessment of the aircraft, meanwhile investigations have also been launched to determine what exactly occured.
The Cameroon Air Force operates three C-130Hs, based at Douala/Aeroporte and assigned to 22ème Escadron Aérien.