Crash of a Lockheed C-130BZ Hercules in Goma

Date & Time: Jan 9, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
403
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Beni - Goma
MSN:
3750
YOM:
1962
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
59
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The four engine airplane was completing a flight from Beni to Goma, carrying 59 South African troops and eight crew members from the 28th Squadron on behalf of the MONUSCO (Mission de l’Organisation des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo). The approach and landing were completed in heavy rain falls. After touchdown, the airplane veered off runway to the left and came to rest in a grassy area with the left wing broken in two and the n°1 engine on fire. All 67 occupants escaped uninjured and the fire was quickly contained. However, the aircraft seems to be damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Dornier DO228-200 in Goma: 29 killed

Date & Time: Nov 24, 2019 at 0910 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9S-GNH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Goma - Butembo
MSN:
8030
YOM:
1984
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
29
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed runway 17 at Goma International Airport on a schedule service to Butembo (first service of the day). After takeoff, while in initial climb, the airplane lost height and crashed onto several houses located in the district of Birere, south of the airport, and burst into flames. All 19 occupants were killed as well as 10 people on the ground.

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
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 Goma

Date & Time: Sep 10, 2017 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9S-AFL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Goma – Bunia
MSN:
14003
YOM:
1985
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Goma Airport, while on a cargo flight to Bunia, the crew reported technical problems with the right engine and obtained the permission to return for an emergency landing. The crew landed long (about half down the runway) and after touchdown, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and while contacting lava ground, the right main gear and the nose gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest with its right wing bent and all four crew members evacuated safely.

Crash of a Fokker 50 in Goma: 7 killed

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2013 at 1744 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CBD
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kananga - Lodja - Goma
MSN:
20270
YOM:
1992
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Aircrat was completing a flight from Kananga to Goma with an intermediate stop in Lodja with four passengers, a crew of six and cargo on board. While approaching runway 36 in poor weather conditions, aircraft hit the roof of a house, stalled and crashed upside down in a residential area. Seven occupants were killed while three passengers were injured. Aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Let 410UVP in Butembo

Date & Time: Oct 30, 2012 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9Q-CAZ
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Goma - Butembo
MSN:
79 02 05
YOM:
1979
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Goma, airplane landed on runway 14/32 (770 meters long). After touch down, aircraft could be brought to a stop on the runway, overrun, lost its left main gear and came to rest down an embankment with its left wing damaged. All 18 occupants escaped unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

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 Airport, the aircraft failed to decelerate as expected, veered off runway to the left, went down an embankment and came to rest, broken in two. Both pilots, a passenger and two people on the ground were killed. All others occupants were seriously injured. Fifteen days later, a second passenger died from his injuries.
Governor of Katanga Katumba Mwanke killed.
Deputy of Lukunga District Oscar Gema di Mageko died on 27FEB2012.
Among the survivors were:
Finance Minister Matata Ponyo,
Governor of South Kivu Marcelin Cishambo,
Ambassador of President Antoine Ghonda.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the flying crew. It appears the aircraft landed 1,200 metres past the runway threshold. Runway is 2,000 metres long.

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 an Antonov AN-26 in Isiro: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 26, 2009 at 1616 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CSA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Goma-Isiro
MSN:
5005
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

On approach to Isiro-Matari airport, the aircraft crashed 3 km short of runway. The loadmaster was seriously injured while three others occupants were killed. The aircraft was carrying 7 tons of cigarettes from Goma to Isiro.

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.