Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E in Bukavu: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 16, 2021 at 1115 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
S9-GRJ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bukavu - Shabunda
MSN:
872006
YOM:
1987
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Bukavu-Kavumu Airport on a cargo flight to Shabunda, carrying one passenger, two pilots and a load consisting of 1,600 kg of metal sheet. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a prairie located near the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E3 near Bukavu: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 13, 2020 at 1535 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9S-GEN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kalima – Bukavu
MSN:
89 23 25
YOM:
1989
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While descending to Bukavu-Kavumu Airport on a flight from Kalima, the crew encountered poor visibility due to fog. Seven minutes prior to ETA, the aircraft struck trees and crashed in a wooded and mountainous area located in the Kahuzi-Miega National Park. The wreckage was found about 15 km south of the airport. All four occupants were killed.

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

Date & Time: Sep 30, 2017 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EX-001
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
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 Let 410UVP in Shabunda

Date & Time: Jan 2, 2017 at 1220 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CZR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bukavu – Shabunda
MSN:
85 13 36
YOM:
1985
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew, one Russian and one Congolese, was performing a cargo flight from Bukavu to Shabunda, carrying various goods for a total weight of 1,300 kilos. After touchdown, apparently after a course of 300 meters, it is believed that the tire on the right main gear burst. The aircraft veered off runway and eventually collided with banana trees. Both pilots were uninjured while the aircraft is possibly damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Let 410UVP in Shabunda

Date & Time: Oct 25, 2014 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-COT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bukavu – Shabunda
MSN:
831023
YOM:
1983
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Bukavu-Kavumu Airport at 1300LT bound for Shabunda with a load of 1,500 kilos of goods on board. While approaching Shabunda Airport, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located 2 km short of runway. Both crewmen were seriously injured while the aircraft broke in two and was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Let 410UVP near Mulume Munene: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 23, 2014 at 1355 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CXB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bukavu - Kama
MSN:
820925
YOM:
1982
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Bukavu-Kavumu Airport at 1342LT bound for Kama with two pilots, two passengers and a load of 1,500 kilos of books. Some ten minutes later, crew changed his frequency and no further contact was established. The aircraft failed to arrive in Kama, Maniema Province, so SAR operations were conducted. The crew of two helicopters from the same operator spotted the debris of the aircraft on Monday 25 August in the region of Mulume Munene, some 30 km southwest of Bukavu. It is confirmed the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. All four occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Gulfstream GIV in Bukavu: 6 killed

Date & Time: Feb 12, 2012 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N2SA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Goma - Bukavu
MSN:
1104
YOM:
1989
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a flight from Kinshasa to Bukavu with an intermediate stop in Goma on behalf of the DRC Government. After touchdown at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, the aircraft failed to stop within the remaining distance. It veered off runway to the left, went down 20 metres high embankment before coming to rest, broken in two. There was no fire. Both pilots, a passenger and two people on the ground were killed. All others occupants were seriously injured. Fifteen days later, on 27FEB2012, a second passenger died from his injuries. The Governor of Katanga Katumba Mwanke was killed as well as the Deputy of Lukunga District Oscar Gema di Mageko who died on 27FEB2012. The survivors were the Finance Minister Matata Ponyo, the Governor of Sud-Kivu Marcelin Cishambo and the Ambassador of the President Antoine Ghonda.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew was not focused on the landing procedure during the approach, causing the aircraft to be well above the glide. In such conditions, the aircraft landed 1,200 metres past the runway threshold (the runway is 2,000 metres long). After touchdown, the crew activated the reverse thrust systems on both engines but the spoilers were not used. With a landing distance of about 800 metres, the aircraft could not be stopped in a safely manner and the crew failed to initiate a go-around procedure.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-28 in Namoya: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 30, 2012 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CUN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bukavu – Namoya
MSN:
1AJ006-11
YOM:
1989
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Bukavu-Kavumu Airport at 0745LT for a one-hour cargo flight to Namoya. On approach, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions when the aircraft crashed in a dense wooded area located 10 km short of runway threshold. Two passengers among them a 60 years old women were seriously injured while three other occupants were killed, among them both pilots, a Russian captain and an Indian copilot.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP near Bukavu: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 14, 2011 at 1615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9Q-CIF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bukavu – Lusenge
MSN:
83 09 22
YOM:
1983
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Eight minutes after takeoff from Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances on the slope of Mt Biega, some 25 km north of Bukavu. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were killed. They were completing a cargo flight to Lusenge.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP near Bukavu: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 21, 2010
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CUA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bukavu – Shabunda
MSN:
X0101
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Bukavu to Shabunda, carrying two pilots and a load of 1,500 kilos of various goods. Few minutes after takeoff from Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed near the village of Bugulumisa located at the border of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The aircraft was totally destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the accident was the consequence of an engine failure.