Accident ATR 42-500 5H-PWF, Sunday 6 November 2022
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Date:Sunday 6 November 2022
Time:08:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
ATR 42-500
Owner/operator:Precision Air
Registration: 5H-PWF
MSN: 819
Year of manufacture:2010
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 43
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:off Bukoba Airport (BKZ) -   Tanzania
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR/HTDA)
Destination airport:Bukoba Airport (BKZ/HTBU)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Precision Air flight 494, an ATR 42-500, came down in Lake Victoria while on final approach to Bukoba Airport (BKZ), Tanzania.
The pilot, copilot and seventeen passengers died in the accident.

The aircraft took off from Dar es Salaam at 06:10 hours Local Time and the estimated time of arrival al Bukoba was 08:25. The enroute weather was reported to be fine and the flight to Bukoba was uneventful.
The weather at Bukoba was good up to 08:20 when it abruptly changed and started raining with thunderstorms and strong winds. The reported visibility reduced from 10 km to 2 km.
The flight reached Bukoba at 08:25 to find that the weather had changed several minutes earlier. There were thunderstorms, Cumulonimbus (CBs) clouds and strong winds. According to eye witnesses the aircraft circled twice in the Bukoba area and the crew advised the passengers that the flight may have to divert to Mwanza if the weather at Bukoba did not improve.
However, on the third attempt, the runway became visible and the pilot initiated the approach to runway 31. On final approach the aircraft impacted the water of Lake Victoria. The main landing gear separated and the cabin floor was dislodged by the impact, allowing water to enter the cabin at high pressure as the aircraft decelerated before coming to a stop.

Canoes and fishermen arrived after about 5 minutes and they transferred the survivors to their boats. Two crew members and 22 passengers were rescued.

Bukoba has a single runway (13/31), 1385 m long. Distance between the shore and the runway 31 threshold is 130 meters.

Sources:

twitter.com/TanzaniaInsight
Precision Air
tbc.go.tz
TCAA Statement
AAIB preliminary report

Statistics

  • 4th worst accident in 2022
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Images:


photo (c) T.Laurent; Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS/LFBO); 27 August 2010

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jul-2024 07:03 ASN Updated [Departure airport]

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