Goma International Airport

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Goma Airport
Goma Airport Shevelev-1.jpg
Mount Nyiragongo at the background
GOM is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location of Goma International Airport in DRC
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Location Goma, DR Congo
Elevation AMSL 5,089 ft / 1,551 m
Coordinates 01°40′11.6″S 29°14′17.8″E / 1.669889°S 29.238278°E / -1.669889; 29.238278
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 1,995 6,545 Asphalt
Source: [1][2]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation[3] Beni, Kinshasa-N'djili, Kisangani[4]


2002 Nyiragongo eruption[edit]

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 Nyiragongo, 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. The lava can easily be seen in satellite photographs,[5] and aircraft can be seen using the 2 km southern section of the runway which is clear of lava. A temporary apron has been 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.

2008 crash[edit]

On 15 April 2008, a Hewa Bora Airways DC-9 overshot the runway during an aborted takeoff and crashed into the marketplace immediately to the south of the airport, killing over 40 people.


On 19 November 2009, Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Flight 3711, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9Q-CAB overran the runway on landing, suffering substantial damage.[6] The overrun area was contaminated by solidified lava.[7]


At 17:55 local time on 4 March 2013, a Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Fokker 50 from Lodja crashed short of landing in heavy rain, into a residential area.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for FZNA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for GOM at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation timetable (August 2013)
  4. ^ 2014 Timetable, http://www.caacongo.com/horaires-20-mars-2014.pdf
  5. ^ Google Earth has high resolution photographs showing the affected part of the airport at coordinates −1.658, 29.237. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  6. ^ David Kaminsky-Morrow (19 November 2009). "Congolese MD-82 badly damaged in Goma overrun". Flight Global. 
  7. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dozens killed in DRC plane crash". News24. 4 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "RDC : un avion de la compagnie CAA s'est écrasé à Goma". Radio Okapi. 4 March 2013. 

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