Crash of an Antonov AN-72 near Okoto: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 2019 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
A-72903
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Goma - Kinshasa
MSN:
36572020385
YOM:
1987
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Goma Airport at 1532LT on a cargo flight to Kinshasa, carrying four crew members, four passengers and various goods for the Congolese Presidency. The last contact with the flight was 59 minutes after takeoff from Goma Airport then the airplane disappeared without any distress call from the crew. The wreckage was localised on October 14 near the village of Okoto, Kole region, in the west part of the Kasai-Oriental Province. The aircraft was destroyed and all eight occupants were killed, among them two bodyguards and one of the personal driver of the Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi who returned from Goma to Kinshasa the same day in another aircraft. The Congolese Presidency confirmed that Félix Tshisekedi spent four days in Goma and that his personal Jeep was on board the AN-72.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Beni

Date & Time: Dec 24, 2018
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9T-TAB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kisangani – Beni
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
68
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Kisangani to Beni, carrying 68 soldiers who should be dispatched in the region of Beni. After touchdown, the airplane encountered difficulties to stop within the remaining distance, overran and went down an embankment. It came to rest in flames, broken into several pieces. While all 72 occupants evacuated safely, 10 of them were injured, the aircraft was destroyed.

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 Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Kinshasa

Date & Time: Apr 14, 2006 at 1445 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9T-TCB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Kinshasa
MSN:
4416
YOM:
1971
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training flight on this aircraft which was parked for several years at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport. On landing, the left main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest. Nobody was hurt but the C-130 was damaged beyond economical repair. The General Kikunda Ombala was PIC at the time of the accident.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Boende: 33 killed

Date & Time: Nov 29, 2003 at 1516 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9T-TAD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Boende - Kinshasa
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
33
Circumstances:
A first attempt to takeoff was aborted. On the second attempt, one tyre exploded and the crew aborted takeoff. The twin engine aircraft overshot the 1,400 metres long runway and came to rest on a local market place, killing 13 people on ground.

Crash of a Douglas C-47 in Watsa

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1972
Registration:
9T-PKR
Flight Type:
Site:
MSN:
6339
YOM:
1943
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Watsa. Crew fate remains unknown as well. The accident occurred somewhere in 1972, exact date unknown.