Crash of an Antonov AN-74TK-100 in São Tomé

Date & Time: Jul 29, 2017 at 0910 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UR-CKC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
São Tomé – Ghardaïa – Luxembourg – Stavanger
MSN:
36547095905
YOM:
1992
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll on runway 29, a loud sound was heard on the right engine. The captain decided to abandon the takeoff procedure and started an emergency braking maneuver. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, run down a ravine and came to a halt, broken in two. All six crew members were evacuated, five of them were injured, one seriously. The fuselage broke in two just prior to the wings and the left wing broke in two as well. It appears also that the thrust reverser on the left engine failed to deploy. It was reported that the crew was forced to abandon the takeoff procedure after the aircraft collided with a flock of birds that hit the right engine. It is believed the crew was on his way back to Stavanger via Ghardaia and Luxembourg but this must be confirmed.

Crash of a Beechcraft 1900C-1 off Sao Tomé: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 7, 2013 at 1613 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-PHL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Johannesburg - Windhoek - Libreville - Accra - Bamako
MSN:
UC-74
YOM:
1989
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing a delivery flight from Johannesburg to Bamako, Mali, with intermediate stops in Windhoek, Libreville and Accra. While approaching Libreville, pilot decided to divert to Sao Tome due to poor weather conditions. As it was approaching Sao Tome archipelago, aircraft disappeared from radar screens and crashed into the sea, some 14 km off shore. No trace of the aircraft nor the pilot was found and SAR were suspended. On 16APR, authorities confirmed they did not found any trace of the pilot. Weather was poor over Sao Tomé.

Crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Sao Tomé

Date & Time: May 15, 1979 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D2-FAF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Luanda-Sao Tomé
MSN:
4176
YOM:
1966
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Lockheed L-749A Constellation on Mt Tibhirine: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 1969
Registration:
5N-85H
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Faro – São Tomé – Uli
MSN:
2662
YOM:
1951
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Faro to Uli with an intermediate stop in São Tomé with ammunition on board. While overflying Morocco by night, the crew encountered engine problems and informed ATC they want to divert to the nearest airport. The aircraft lost altitude then struck the slope of Mt Tibhirine located near the Mt Toubkal, south of Oukaïmeden, in the Atlas range. All SAR operations were suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. In July 1970, the debris were located on the top of the mountain, at an altitude of 3,900 meters. All eight occupants were killed and the aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces.
Probable cause:
According to the the Biafran government, three of the four engines were out of service at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Boeing C-97G-26-BO Stratofreighter in Uli: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 26, 1969 at 1840 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N52676
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
São Tomé – Uli
MSN:
16707
YOM:
1952
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
On final approach to Uli Airstrip, the four engine aircraft was too low, struck trees and crashed in a wooded area located few km short of runway threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and all five crew members were killed. They were completing a humanitarian mission on behalf of the International committee of the Red Cross.

Crash of a Douglas DC-7C in Uli: 4 killed

Date & Time: Dec 7, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VR-BCY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
São Tomé – Uli
MSN:
45545
YOM:
1958
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a cargo flight from São Tomé to Uli on behalf of Caritas. On final approach, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances few km short of runway and was destroyed. All four occupants were killed. It is believed that one of the engine was inoperative at the time of the accident for unknown reason.

Crash of a Douglas C-54D-10-DC Skymaster in São Tomé: 23 killed

Date & Time: Nov 22, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
7502
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Luanda – São Tomé – Lisbon
MSN:
10773
YOM:
1945
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Luanda to Lisbon with an intermediate stop at São Tomé. After takeoff, while climbing in heavy rain falls, the airplane stalled and crashed few km from the airfield. All four crew members and 19 passengers (all civilians) were killed while 14 other occupants were injured. It is believed the aircraft was overloaded at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Douglas C-54D-5-DC Skymaster off Las Palmas

Date & Time: Jul 26, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
7501
Flight Type:
Schedule:
São Tomé - Las Palmas
MSN:
10664
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While approaching Las Palmas-Gando Airport on a flight from São Tomé, the four engine aircraft crashed into the sea few km off shore. The crew fate remains unknown.