Goma International Airport

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Goma Airport
Goma Airport Shevelev-1.jpg
Mount Nyiragongo at the background
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 / 1.6708556°S 29.2384028°E / -1.6708556; 29.2384028
Map
GOM is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
GOM
GOM
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[1]
Operable runway length per national aviation authority

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Congo Airways Kindu, Kisangani, Kinshasa-N'djili[2]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[3]

2002 Nyiragongo eruption[edit]

Further information: Mount Nyiragongo 2002 eruption
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,[4] 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.[5] In February 2017, satellite imagery showed the runway has not yet been repaired where the lava damage occurred.[6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Informations sur les 54 Aérports et Aérodromes Gérés par la RVA" [Information about the 54 Airports and Aerodromes operated by the RVA] (PDF) (in French). Regie des Voies Aériennes. 30 September 2009. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  2. ^ HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales), http://www.congoairways.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/HORAIRE-1-Q400-2016-V2.0-ok.pdf
  3. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines Delays Goma Launch to August 2015". Airline Route. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Google Earth has high resolution photographs showing the affected part of the airport at coordinates −1.658, 29.237. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  5. ^ "MONUSCO is building security fence around Goma airport" (Press release). MONUSCO. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  6. ^ HOTOSM Imagery, retrieved 14 March 2017 
  7. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Aviation Safety Network. 
  8. ^ David Kaminsky-Morrow (19 November 2009). "Congolese MD-82 badly damaged in Goma overrun". Flight Global. 
  9. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 
  11. ^ "Dozens killed in DRC plane crash". News24. 4 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "RDC : un avion de la compagnie CAA s'est écrasé à Goma" (in French). Radio Okapi. 4 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Plane crash in the city of Goma, MONUSCO comes to the rescue". MONUSCO. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 

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