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Crash of an Embraer EMB-120RT Brasília near Cuilo: 7 killed

Date & Time: Oct 12, 2017 at 1715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D2-FDO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dundo – Luanda
MSN:
120-082
YOM:
1988
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Dundo Airport at 1658LT bound for Luanda. About 15 minutes later, the crew reported engine problems and apparently one of them caught fire in flight. The airplane crashed shortly later near Cuilo, about 170 km southwest of Dundo. All seven occupants have been killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-32 in Malanje

Date & Time: Feb 14, 2015 at 2058 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
T-256
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saurimo - Luanda
MSN:
2108
YOM:
1989
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
47
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from Saurimo to Luanda, the crew informed ATC about technical problems and decided to divert to Malanje Airport for an emergency landing. On landing on an unlit runway, the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in flames. While all 50 occupants were able to leave the cabin and were uninjured, the aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire. The exact cause of the technical failure remains unknown.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-120RT Brasília in Lukapa

Date & Time: Feb 25, 2014 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D2-FFZ
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Luanda – Lukapa
MSN:
120212
YOM:
0
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Lukapa, crew was forced to shut an engine down for unknown reason. Approach was completed and after touch down, aircraft went out of control and veered off runway. While contacting a rough terrain, the aircraft lost its undercarriage and came to rest badly damaged on wings, engines and fuselage. Three passengers were slightly injured.

Crash of an Embraer ERJ-190AR in the Bwabwata National Park: 33 killed

Date & Time: Nov 29, 2013 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C9-EMC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Maputo - Luanda
MSN:
190-00581
YOM:
2012
Flight number:
LAM470
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
33
Captain / Total flying hours:
9052
Captain / Total hours on type:
2519.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1183
Copilot / Total hours on type:
101
Aircraft flight hours:
2905
Aircraft flight cycles:
1877
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Maputo Airport at 1126LT on flight LAM470 to Luanda, Angola. En route, while overflying Botswana and Namibia, aircraft encountered bad weather conditions with CB's at high altitude and turbulence. In unknown circumstances, aircraft went out of control and disappeared from radar screens at 1230LT, most probably after diving into the ground. As the aircraft did not arrive at Luanda, SAR commenced but were suspended by night due to low visibility and bad weather conditions (heavy rain falls). The day after, on 30NOV, Namibia Police forces announced they located the wreckage in the Bwabwata National Park, near Divundu. Aircraft was completely destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. All 33 occupants were killed, among them 16 Mozambicans, 9 Angolans, 5 Portuguese, one French, one Brazilian and one Chinese. The aircraft crashed in a dense wooded and isolated area, sot SAR are difficult. No distress call was sent by the crew.
Probable cause:
A press conference provided by the Mozambican authorities on 21DEC2013 reported that CVR analysis revealed that the captain was alone in the cockpit which was locked. The copilot tried to enter without success and was knocking on the door several times, without answer or any reaction on part of the captain who engaged the aircraft in a descent rate of 6,000 feet per minute until impact with the ground. Several warning sounds and alarms were not responded to. On April 15, 2016, the Directorate of Aircraft Accident Investigations (DAAI) of Namibia confirmed in its final report that the accident was caused by the inputs to the auto flight systems by the person believed to be the Captain, who remained alone on the flight deck when the person believed to be the co-pilot requested to go to the lavatory, caused the aircraft to departure from cruise flight to a sustained controlled descent and subsequent collision with the terrain. Investigations revealed that the captain suffered personal events during the past year, such as a divorce, the death of his son in a car crash and one of his daughter that underwent heart surgery.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air in Angola: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 21, 2010 at 0020 LT
Operator:
Registration:
D2-FFT
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pointe Noire - Luanda
MSN:
BB-607
YOM:
1980
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a charter flight from Pointe Noire to Luanda with one passenger on board, the Mauritanian businessman Rashid Mustapha who was candidate to the Presidential elections in Mauritania in 2007. The pax called his bodyguard just before takeoff, asking them to be ready upon arrival at Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport. The twin engine aircraft departed Pointe Noire Airport at 2321LT for a 75-90 minutes flight to Luanda. Just before it started the descent, while cruising over the area of Caxito, some 50 km northeast of Luanda, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens at 0020LT. SAR operations were abandoned after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the three occupants was found. It is possible that the aircraft crashed by night in the ocean off the Angolan coast but this was not confirmed as the wreckage was never found. Three years later, in March 2013, unconfirmed reports and rumors in Africa said that the aircraft never crashed anywhere and that Rashid Mustapha was in fact hostage by a terrorist group somewhere in Africa, but this was not confirmed by Officials in Mauritania or Angola. Without any trace of the aircraft, all hypothesis remains open.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12B in Luanda

Date & Time: May 11, 1998
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
RA-12973
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cabinda - Luanda
MSN:
9 3 465 05
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Cabinda to Luanda, carrying a load of 10 tons of various goods and seven crew members. On approach, at a distance of 1,850 metres from the runway threshold, the aircraft was about 13 metres above the glide so the crew increased the rate of descent by 6,6 metres per second, causing the aircraft to descend below the glide at a distance of 1,350 metres from the runway threshold. The aircraft was stabilized at a height of 12 metres at a distance of 290 metres from the runway threshold when it encountered strong winds. The aircraft nosed down while its speed dropped from 260 to 248 km/h and struck the ground short of runway threshold with a positive acceleration of 3,45 g. Upon impact, the undercarriage were torn off and the aircraft slid for few dozen metres before coming to rest. All seven crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Lockheed L-382G-45C Hercules near Malanje: 9 killed

Date & Time: Mar 16, 1991
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-1564
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Luanda - Dundo
MSN:
4833
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While cruising at FL170 on a cargo flight from Luanda to Dundo, the four engine aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile. It entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed 32 km from Malanje. All nine occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a SAM surface-to-air missile shot by UNITA rebels.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12BP near Luassingua: 23 killed

Date & Time: Nov 25, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-11747
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cuito – Menongue – Luanda
MSN:
5 3 436 09
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
En route to Menongue, the aircraft was shot down by a South African special forces team with a war-booty "Strela-1" SAM on BRDM-2 chassis. The missile hit the engine n°2 and the left wing detached 47 seconds later. Out of control, the aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in a dense wooded area located near Luassingua, some 43 km east of Menongue. All 23 occupants were killed, among them Soviet and Angolan Army Officers.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a missile.

Crash of a Boeing 737-2M2 in Lubango: 130 killed

Date & Time: Nov 8, 1983 at 1520 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D2-TBN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lubango - Luanda
MSN:
22775
YOM:
1982
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
123
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
130
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Lubango Airport, while in initial climb at an altitude of 200 feet, the aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The aircraft turned to the left then lost height and crashed in a huge explosion about 800 meters past the runway end. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and none of the 130 occupants survived the crash.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a UNITA SAM-7 surface-to-air missile.

Crash of a Lockheed L-382E-44C Hercules in Menongue: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D2-EAS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Luanda - Menongue
MSN:
4830
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
On final approach to Menongue, the four engine airplane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile and crashed. All four crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a surface-to-air missile.