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Goma International Airport

Goma International Airport (IATA: GOM, ICAO: FZNA) is an airport serving Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

Goma Airport
  • IATA: GOM
  • ICAO: FZNA
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Location Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Elevation AMSL 5,046 ft / 1,538 m
Coordinates 01°40′15.08″S
29°14′18.25″E
Map

Location of Goma International Airport in DRC

Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Source: Regie des Voies Aériennes
Operable runway length per national aviation authority

Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Congo Airways Kindu, Kinshasa–N'djili, Kisangani
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa

Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

Military use

Goma International Airport is used by both the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and MONUSCO peacekeeping forces.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

2002 Nyiragongo eruption


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

The runway covered in lava

Initially built with a paved 3 km runway and a large terminal and apron, the airport has not recovered from the 2002 eruption of the volcano Nyrirangongo, 14 km to the north. The airport couldn't handle any wide-bodied aircraft except for freight operations run by relief agencies and the United Nations.

A stream of fluid lava 200 m by 1000 m wide flowed onto the runway and through the city center as far as the lake shore, covering over the northern 1 km of the runway and isolating the terminal and apron which were only connected by taxiway to the northern end.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

The lava can easily be seen in satellite photographs, and aircraft can be seen using the 2 km southern section of the runway which is clear of lava. A temporary apron was made at the side of the operational part of the runway. A Douglas DC-8 was left stranded on the terminal apron, which is now used by commercial passengers and the military.

In December 2012, a contractor began work on cleaning up and fencing in the airport. In February 2017, satellite imagery showed the runway has not yet been repaired where the lava damage occurred.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 15 April 2008, 2008 Hewa Bora Airways crash, a Hewa Bora Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51 (registration 9Q-CHN) overshot the runway during an aborted takeoff and crashed into the marketplace immediately to the south of the airport, killing 3 passengers and 37 people on ground.
  • On 19 November 2009, Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Flight 3711, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (registration 9Q-CAB) bound from Kinshasa overran the runway on landing, suffering substantial damage. The overrun area was contaminated by solidified lava.
  • On 4 March 2013, 2013 Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation crash, a Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Fokker 50 (registration 9Q-CBD) from Lodja crashed short of landing in heavy rain, into a residential area at 17:55 local time. Among the 9 crew and passengers, 6 were killed.
  • On 24 November 2019, 2019 Busy Bee crash, a 19-seat airplane from local carrier Busy Bee en route to Beni Airport crashed shortly after takeoff around 9:10 a.m. At least 27 died, including some on the ground.

Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.


Goma International Airport
Goma International Airport.



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