Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Kinshasa: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9S-AGB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tshikapa – Kinshasa
MSN:
13402
YOM:
1984
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew was returning to Kinshasa after delivering election equipments and materials in Tshikapa on behalf of the Independent National Election Commission. The crew was cleared to descend to 5,000 feet on approach to runway 06 at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport but encountered poor weather conditions with rain falls. In limited visibility, the airplane crashed on a hilly terrain located about 35 km west of the airport. The wreckage was found few hours later and all seven occupants were killed.

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

Date & Time: Sep 30, 2017 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
EX-001
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kinshasa – Bukavu
MSN:
5343606
YOM:
1965
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
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.

Crash of a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I in Kinshasa

Date & Time: Nov 2, 2015
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CNP
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
164
YOM:
1965
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew completed a belly landing at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport due to technical problems with undercarriage. After touchdown on runway 24 at N'Djili, the aircraft skidded for several yards and eventually veered to the right before coming to rest in a grassy area. All 26 occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. According to local press reports, the left main gear was sheared off during takeoff at Kinshasa-Ndolo few minutes earlier, forcing the crew to divert to N'Djili Airport to attempt an emergency landing.

Crash of a Boeing 727-022 in Kisangani: 77 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 2011 at 1511 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-COP
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Kisangani - Goma
MSN:
18933/185
YOM:
1965
Flight number:
EO952
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
108
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
77
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
52613
Circumstances:
Crew started the descent to Kisangani-Bangoka Airport in poor weather conditions with low visibility. On final approach, pilot did not have any visual contact with the runway but continue until the aircraft hit the ground some 1,000 meters short of runway 31. On impact, aircraft went out of control, veered to the right, exploded and disintegrated in a wooded area located to the right of the centerline. Five crew and 72 passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
In a preliminary report, DRC authorities pointed out the following elements:
- the flight crew misjudged weather conditions,
- the airline assigned unqualified/non-licensed crew to operate the Boeing 727-100 (the pilot's licence was not up to date),
- tower controllers were not licensed (two ATC's did not have a proper licence and above legal age)
- tower control staff was insufficient (six only for the complete roster),
- tower controllers provided erroneous/false weather data to flying crew,
- the airport authority lacked security plans,
- phonic records between tower control and crew were erased (destroyed) before the commission of inquiry can start any investigation.

Crash of a Let 410 in Bandundu: 20 killed

Date & Time: Aug 25, 2010 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CCN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Kiri - Bokoro - Semendwa - Bandundu - Kinshasa
MSN:
91 26 08
YOM:
1991
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Circumstances:
On final approach to Bandundu Airport, aircraft nosed down and crashed onto an earth made house. Aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all occupants, except one passenger, were killed. According to the survivor, a passenger embarked illegally a crocodile he would sell to local market at Bandundu as "bush meat". But on final approach, the animal went out of his bag and walk in the cabin. Panicked, the stewardess and many passengers left their seats and walked to the cockpit. The center of gravity was then out of the envelope and too far in the front so crew lost control of the aircraft which crashed. The crocodile was later found unhurt by rescuers but was eventually killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on final approach due to the movement of several passengers in the cabin, panicked by the presence of a crocodile.

Crash of a Boeing 727-200 in Kinshasa

Date & Time: Jan 2, 2010 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CAA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
21986/1580
YOM:
1980
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

The aircraft was performing a cargo flight. After landing in heavy rain falls, it veered off runway 06 and came to rest in an open field. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair while all occupants escaped uninjured.

Crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 in Goma

Date & Time: Nov 19, 2009 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CAB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa-Goma
MSN:
49702/1479
YOM:
1988
Flight number:
E93711
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
111
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

After landing on runway 36 at Goma, the aircraft did not stop as expected. It overran the runway and came to rest in a rocky lava field. At least 20 passengers were injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. At the time of the accident, it seems that the runway was wet.

Crash of a Beechcraft 1900C near Bukavu: 17 killed

Date & Time: Sep 1, 2008 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-OLD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Mbandaka - Kisangani - Bukavu - Goma
MSN:
UC-137
YOM:
1900
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Captain / Total flying hours:
2031
Circumstances:
Aircraft was performing a humanitarian mission from Kinshasa to Goma with intermediate stops in Mbandaka, Kisangani and Bukavu. While approaching Bukavu-Kamenbe airport in bad weather conditions, the aircraft flying too low hit a mountain ridge and crashed. Rescue teams found the debris a day after and all 17 occupants perished.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Kinshasa: 49 killed

Date & Time: Oct 4, 2007 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-COS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Kinshasa-Tshikapa-Kananga
MSN:
8807
YOM:
1979
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
49
Circumstances:

After takeoff, the right engine failed. The aircraft stalled, hit tree tops and crashed on houses located in Kingasani neighbourhood. Only one passenger survived and at least 28 people on ground were killed. The Ministry of Transport was sacked after the accident due to inability to reform all aviation problem existing in DRC. The present accident is the worst ocurring in DRC since 8 January 1996 when an Antonov AN-32 crashed also in Kinshasa, killing 237 people.

Crash of a Nord 262 in Kikwit

Date & Time: Oct 2, 2006 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CBA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa-Kikwit
MSN:
057
YOM:
1969
Location:
Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

On landing, the aircraft veered off runway and the left gear collapsed. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.