Crash of an Ilyushin II-76TD at Boufarik AFB: 257 killed

Date & Time: Apr 11, 2018 at 0750 LT
Type of aircraft: Ilyushin II-76 (29611)">
Registration:
7T-WIV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Boufarik – Béchar – Tindouf
MSN:
1043419649
YOM:
1994
Location: Boufarik (17848)"> Blida (14037)">
Country: Algeria (13351)">
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
247
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
257
Circumstances:
The II-76TD of the Algerian Air Force was engaged in a troop transport from Boufarik to Tindouf with an intermediate stop in Béchar, west Algeria, and was carrying 247 soldiers and family members and 10 crew. Shortly after takeoff from the Boufarik AFB located some 25 km southwest of Algiers, while climbing to a height of 150 meters, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in an agricultural zone located near the airport. The airplane was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. It was quickly confirmed by the Algerian Authorities that none of the 257 occupants survived the crash, among them 26 members of the front Polisario. According to first testimonies, it appears that the left wing (engine?) was on fire when control was lost.

Crash of a Piper PA-31P Navajo in Laredo: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 8, 2018 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N82605
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31P-7730010
YOM:
1977
Location: Laredo (22008)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Laredo Airport, the pilot reported problems and elected to return when the airplane went out of control, nosed down and crashed in a huge explosion near the runway. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed. The airplane was owned by Robert R. Marshall and apparently, the right propeller was feathered at impact.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air B100 in Abbotsford

Date & Time: Feb 23, 2018 at 1200 LT
Operator: Island Express Air (40675)">
Registration:
C-GIAE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
BE-8
YOM:
1976
Location: Abbotsford (16600)"> British Columbia (14080)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Abbotsford Airport in poor weather conditions, the crew apparently decided to abort the takeoff procedure for unknown reason. The airplane veered off runway, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a snow covered fruit plantation. Four occupants were slightly injured while six others were unhurt. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were marginal with snow falls.

Crash of an Antonov AN-148-100 in Argunovo: 71 killed

Date & Time: Feb 11, 2018 at 1428 LT
Type of aircraft: Antonov AN-148 (30473)">
Registration:
RA-61704
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Moscow – Orsk
MSN:
27015040004
YOM:
2010
Flight number:
6W703
Location: Argunovo (40627)"> Moscow oblast (15322)">
Country: Russia (13292)">
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
65
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
71
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed runway 14R at Moscow-Domodedovo Airport at 1421LT. Six minutes later, while climbing to an altitude of 6,000 feet in light snow showers, the airplane descended then disintegrated in a snow covered field located in Argunovo, about 37 km southeast of the Airport, one minute later. The aircraft was totally destroyed and debris were scattered on more than one km. All 71 occupants were killed. Both recording systems have been recovered. A day after the crash, Russian Authorities confirmed that the aircraft was intact until the final impact with the ground. Preliminary reports indicates speed variations on all three ASI's three minutes after rotation. 50 seconds after the automatic pilot was disconnected, the airplane experienced vertical loads between 0,5 and 1,5 G. then pitched down to an angle of 35°. Five seconds prior to impact, the airplane banked right to 25°. Preliminary investigations shows that the incorrect data on ASI's was caused by icing of the Pitot tubes as the heating systems was off, apparently because the crew failed to activate it.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Akobo: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 7, 2018
Operator: Private Kenyan (34370)">
Registration:
5Y-FDC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
208B-1280
YOM:
2007
Country: South Sudan (13407)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
In unclear circumstances, the single engine aircraft crashed while taking off from Akobo Airstrip. It struck a house and several cows before coming to rest in flames. One person on the ground was killed while all 20 occupants escaped uninjured. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire. It is unconfirmed if AMREF was still the operator.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2TP in La Paragua

Date & Time: Jan 6, 2018
Type of aircraft: PZL-Mielec AN-2 (30314)">
Operator: Private Venezuelian (33612)">
Registration:
YV1944
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Paragua - Canaima
MSN:
1G185-58
YOM:
1979
Location: La Paragua (21838)"> Bolívar (14050)">
Country: Venezuela (13471)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the single engine aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in an open field. Both pilots were seriously injured and the aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Cessna (DMI) Falcon 402 on Bazaruto Island

Date & Time: Jan 2, 2018 at 2340 LT
Operator: Private South African (33669)">
Registration:
ZU-MDI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bazaruto Island - Kruger Park
MSN:
402B-0207
YOM:
1972
Location: Bazaruto Island (17453)"> Inhambane (14775)">
Country: Mozambique (13387)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after a night takeoff from Bazaruto Island, the single engine aircraft encountered difficulties to gain height, struck trees and crashed. All seven occupants were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Initially built in 1972 as a twin Cessna 402, it was recently modified and equipped with a single turbine.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Punta Islita: 12 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 2017 at 1216 LT
Operator: NatureAir (35767)">
Registration:
TI-BEI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Punta Islita – San José
MSN:
208B-0900
YOM:
2001
Country: Costa Rica (13445)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, the single engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a wooded area located few km from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 12 occupants were killed, among them 10 US citizens. On January 12, 2018, the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was suspended by the Costa Rica’s aviation authority (Dirección General de Aviación Civil). It was reported that the Head of Training died in the accident and that several other key people were not available anymore.

Crash of a Cessna 340 in Bartow: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 24, 2017 at 0720 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 340 (30532)">
Registration:
N247AT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bartow – Key West
MSN:
340-0214
YOM:
1973
Location: Bartow (40418)"> Florida (14523)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 27R at Bartow Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames near the runway end. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all five occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was nil due to thick fog. According to local police officers who were working on a helicopter parked in a hangar at the airport, a departure in such low visibility was quite impossible. The pilot, aged 70, was flying to Key West with his two daughters aged 24 and 26, one of his sons-in-law and a friend.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon near Playa del Carmen

Date & Time: Dec 21, 2017 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 207 Skywagon (30272)">
Operator: Aero Saab (40410)">
Registration:
XA-UHL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Playa del Carmen – Chichén Itzá
Country: Mexico (13439)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Playa del Carmen, the single engine aircraft crashed into a jungle located in Calica, few km from the airfield. The pilot and all four passengers, a British family on holidays, were uninjured. The tail separated from the fuselage and the aircraft is written off.