Boeing 727 crashes into another plane


On Sunday, a Boeing 727 crashed while landing at Malakal airport, South Sudan. The plane then hit another plane that crashed there a month earlier.

The Boeing 727-200, registration 5Y-IRE, was performing a cargo flight for Safe Air. ‘A cargo plane crashed at our airport at 11am. This aircraft landed a few meters short of the runway, causing the undercarriage to break off. As a result, the aircraft lost control and hit another aircraft that had crashed earlier,” the airport’s acting general manager said in a statement.

The 727 eventually collided with an African Express Airways MD-82. That machine, registration 5Y-AXL, also landed in front of the runway at the same airport in February, causing the undercarriage to fail. After the accident, the aircraft was towed from the runway and stored elsewhere at the airport. All occupants were uninjured in both accidents. Both the 727 and the MD-82 were damaged beyond repair.


It is rare for planes to land ‘too early’. In some cases, devices emerge virtually undamaged. For example, an Airbus A330 from Delta Airlines landed at Schiphol last year on the unpaved section in front of the Oostbaan. The machine rammed two runway lighting lamps, but was able to taxi normally to the gate after landing. The cabin crew and passengers were unharmed. The A330 departed again for the United States after a careful inspection.

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