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Two LAM Aircrafts Collide on the Ground in Inhambane

Two LAM Aircrafts Collide on the Ground in Inhambane

Two Mozambique Airlines (LAM) planes collided on the ground on Sunday 4 February in the southern city of Inhambane.

According to the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), the planes were both Bombardier Q-400s. One of them had just landed in Inhambane from Maputo and was bound for the tourist resort of Vilankulo. The second plane was also making a stopover in Inhambane on the Vilankulo/Johannesburg route. Both planes were carrying passengers of various nationalities.

LAM issued a statement saying that “due to the incident between two of the company’s Q400 aircraft, which occurred on 4 February 2024 in Inhambane, the company will reschedule some flights. The aim of the rescheduling is to ensure that all safety protocols have been respected following the incident that occurred during the car park. LAM has already reported the incident to the Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique for the appropriate purposes. At the moment, assistance is being provided to the passengers who should have left Inhambane for Maputo,” the document reads.

AIM says that recently, a fault prevented one of the company’s aeroplanes from taking off in the city of Tete, after a direct flight from Maputo to Lisbon was postponed due to irregularities.

In April, the government placed LAM under the management of the South African company Fly Modern Ark (FMA), which is responsible for making the company profitable.

Under FMA’s management, the company resumed direct flights from Maputo to Lisbon, after an interruption of 12 years. It also acquired its first Boeing 737-300 cargo aircraft to meet the demand for freight transport.

Last week, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, recognised that LAM is still in the process of readjusting after breakdowns and other problems.

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