Congolese regional airline flyCAA Airbus A321 blocked on runway shortly before take-off at Mbuji-Mayi

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Pilots of this flyCAA Airbus A321 (9S-ASB), a Congolese regional airline based at N’djili Airport in Kinshasa, wanted to make a 180-turn shortly before taking off at Mbuji-Mayi Airport on Monday 16 April. Due to a problem with the nose wheel steering the aircraft couldn’t turn and subsequently got stuck on the runway. The airport was closed for removal of the aircraft while passengers got evacuated via the boarding door. Aviation24.be received this image from a passenger on board.

flyCAA or Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation (literally “African Aviation Company”, commonly abbreviated CAA and marketed as flyCAA) offers an extensive network of domestic scheduled passenger flights, as well as cargo flights. Due to safety and security concerns, flyCAA has been included in the list of air carriers banned in the European Union along with many other airlines from the Congo.

flyCAA started flying in 1991 and has, next to the Airbus A321, 4 Fokker F50 in its fleet. The belated aircraft entered the fleet in 2016.

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