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Aircraft crash-lands at Likoma aerodrome

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A Cessna C20 aircraft belonging to Ulendo Airlink which was carrying two passengers overshot the runway at Likoma Island’s aerodrome and hit a fence Wednesday.

According to Ministry of Transport spokesperson, James Chakwera, the pilot sustained some injuries above the eye while the two passengers were taken to hospital for observation.

Chakwera said the aircraft, which flew from Kamuzu International Airport, had difficulties to land, and it is suspected to have developed a break problem.

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“The incident happened at 10:15 o’clock in the morning. We suspect that there were some breaks loosening which made the aircraft move out of the runway and hit the fence,” Chakwera said.

He then said the ministry has sent officials to find out the main cause of the accident, adding the ministry will soon communicate to the public outcome of investigations.

Ulendo Airlink has since released a press statement in which it says it has flown official from the Aviation Department to conduct thorough investigations on the cause of the accident.

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“None of the passengers sustained serious injuries and the pilot was taken to the Likoma Island Hospital for medical assessment after experiencing minor abrasion. He has since been discharged.

“Ulendo Airlink has been operating flights to Likoma Island for over 10 years without incident, and remain committed to upholding the most stringent safety requirements,” reads the statement.

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