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A Mozambican Airlines (LAM) aircraft was damaged on Thursday afternoon as it approached the runway at Tete Airport after departing from Maputo, the country’s capital.
It is the Boeing 737-700, which carried out the TM 136 flight from Maputo at 15:35 and arrived in Tete at 5:15 pm, with 80 passengers and six crew members.
The aircraft suffered damage on the right side of the front fuselage.
The occurrence was confirmed at the routine inspection that the crew makes to the aircraft after landing.
Meanwhile, a press release issued today by the company indicates that the damage was registered when the approaching process began, with the runway in sight for the landing at Tete Airport, in the centre of the country.
At that moment, the crew heard a crash, which warned of the possibility of the aircraft having had contact with an external body that, even so, did not disturb the normal flight to landing,” the LAM statement said.
Due to the occurrence, another aircraft was allocated to transport passengers from Tete to Maputo.
“In regard to the Boeing 737-700, actions are underway to replace the damaged part, alongside appropriate procedures for similar issues with the regulator,” the note adds.
LAM explains in the same communication that, until the process of bringing this aircraft back normal operation is completed, some of the company’s flights may be reprogrammed.
Source: AIM Moçambique