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Crash of an Antonov AN-12 near Kinshasa: 12 killed

Accident description

  • Sep 30, 2017 at 0730 LT
  • EX-001
  • Flight
  • Military
  • No
  • Plain
  • Kinshasa – Bukavu
  • 5343606
  • 1965
  • Kinshasa, Kinshasa City Province
  • DRC
  • Africa
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 0
  • 12
  • The aircraft departed Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport on a flight to Bukavu, carrying ammunition and two vehicles. Few minutes after takeoff, the crew reported technical problems and received the permission to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, control was lost and the airplane crashed in flames in a prairie located in Nsele, about 20 km northeast of the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 12 occupants were killed.
    Information provided by the DRC Authorities are conflicting regarding the aircraft registration, the destination and the number of people on board.