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Crash of an Antonov AN-72P off Kribi

Date & Time: Jul 30, 2019
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
032
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Malabo – Bata
MSN:
36576096926
YOM:
1992
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from Malabo to Bata, the crew encountered poor weather conditions when the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances into the sea few km off Kribi, South Cameroon. All seven occupants were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I in N'Gaoundéré: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 10, 2013 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TT-BAU
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moundou - Douala
MSN:
208-0045
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Single engine aircraft was on its way from Moundou (Chad) to Douala (Cameroon) with three passengers and two crew for CotonTchad, the Chadian National Coton Company (Société Cotonnière du Tchad). En route, crew informed ATC about engine problems and diverted to N'Gaoundéré Airport. On final approach, aircraft stalled and crashed in a marshy field short of runway. All five occupants were injured, both crew seriously. Few hours later, captain died from his injuries. Aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Boeing 737-800 near Douala: 114 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 2007 at 0008 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-KYA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Abidjan - Douala - Nairobi
MSN:
35069/2079
YOM:
2006
Flight number:
KQ507
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
108
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
114
Captain / Total flying hours:
8682
Captain / Total hours on type:
158.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
831
Copilot / Total hours on type:
57
Aircraft flight hours:
2100
Aircraft flight cycles:
734
Circumstances:
During the night of 4th May 2007, the B737-800, registration 5Y-KYA, operating as flight KQA507 from Abidjan international Airport, Ivory Coast, to the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi (Kenya), made a scheduled stop-over at the Douala international Airport. The weather was stormy. Shortly after takeoff at about 1,000 feet, the aircraft entered into a slow right roll that increased continuously and eventually ended up in a spiral dive. On the 5th May 2007 at approximately 0008LT, the airplane crashed in a mangrove swamp located south-southeast of Douala. All 114 occupants on board were killed and the airplane was completely destroyed.
Probable cause:
The airplane crashed after loss of control by the crew as a result of spatial disorientation (non recognized or subtle type transitioning to recognized spatial disorientation), after a long slow roll, during which no instrument scanning was done, and in the absence of external visual references in a dark night. Inadequate operational control, lack of crew coordination, coupled with the non-adherence to procedures of flight monitoring, confusion in the utilization of the AP, have also contributed to cause this situation.
Final Report:

Crash of an Antonov AN-74 in Kousséri: 6 killed

Date & Time: Apr 23, 2006 at 0455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UR-74038
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sebha - N'Djamena
MSN:
470 97 933
YOM:
1993
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft was making a cargo flight from Sebha (Libya) to N'Djamena on behalf of the Libyan Air Force with a crew of 6 and food aid to Chad. Upon arrival, the crew informed ATC about technical problem and few minutes later, the aircraft crashed in an open field located on the opposite side of N'Djamena, on the Cameroon territory, near the city of Kousseri. All six occupants were killed and the aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante in Douala

Date & Time: Oct 1, 2004
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-OWO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala - Yaoundé
MSN:
110-311
YOM:
1981
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll, the left engine failed. Control was lost and the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest. All four occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-T1040 Cheyenne III in Kousséri: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 14, 2001 at 2300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TJ-AIQ
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala – N’Djamena
MSN:
31-8275025
YOM:
1982
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Douala on a charter flight to N'Djamena, carrying one pilot, one steward and two members of the Chadian Government. While approaching N'Djamena Airport, weather conditions deteriorated and the visibility was limited due to a sand storm. Probably to establish a visual contact with the ground, the pilot reduced his altitude when the aircraft struck a tree and crashed about 3 km from the runway 05 threshold, near Kousséri, Cameroon. The steward was seriously injured while all three other occupants were killed, among them the pilot, a Spanish citizen and both passengers who were Amderamane Dadi, General Secretary of the Presidency, and Ali Ahmed Lanine, Chadian Minister for Economic Promotion and Development.

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Abong Mbang

Date & Time: Aug 29, 2000 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TJ-AIM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala – Djoum – Abong Mbang
MSN:
31-8166061
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Douala on a flight to Abong Mbang with an intermediate stop in Djoum, carrying five passengers and one pilot. On final approach to Abong Mbang, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions with limited visibility due to heavy rain falls. On short final, the aircraft struck the ground about 60 metres short of runway threshold. Upon impact, the undercarriage were torn off and the aircraft came to rest on its belly. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing 737-242C in Douala

Date & Time: Aug 3, 1997 at 1748 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TU-TAV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala – Bangui – N’Djamena
MSN:
19848
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
RK816
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
106
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll on runway 23 at Douala Airport, at a speed of 110 knots, the crew noted a loud bang and decided to abort. The crew initiated an emergency braking procedure but the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, lost its undercarriage and both engines before coming to rest 130 metres further, bursting into flames. All 114 occupants were evacuated, among them 20 were slightly injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Rejected takeoff after a tyre burst on the left main gear.

Crash of a Boeing 737-2K9 in Douala: 71 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 1995 at 2244 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TJ-CBE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cotonou – Douala
MSN:
23386
YOM:
1985
Flight number:
UY3701
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
71
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
71
Captain / Total flying hours:
7990
Captain / Total hours on type:
5923.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5850
Copilot / Total hours on type:
4317
Aircraft flight hours:
18746
Aircraft flight cycles:
23233
Circumstances:
While on a night approach to Douala Airport, at a distance of 3,5 NM, the crew was cleared to land on runway 30. At this time, the aircraft initiated a slight climb and about 15 seconds later, the copilot informed ATC about technical problems. Three seconds later, the aircraft rolled to the left, struck trees and crashed in a mangrove located about 1,700 metres south of runway 30, bursting into flames. Three passengers and two crew members (the copilot and a stewardess) were seriously injured while 71 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident resulted from a loss of control of the aircraft during an attempted go-around made during the touchdown maneuver on landing, with degraded performance.
The following factors contributed to the accident:
- The detachment by structural fatigue of a blade from the first stage of the compressor on engine n°1 which led to a loss of power, and
- A destabilization of the trajectory during landing and the late or slow execution of the go-around procedure in an unidentified single-engine configuration which resulted in an irreversible loss of speed.
Final Report:

Crash of an Avro 748-2B-435 in Yaoundé: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 28, 1989 at 2119 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TJ-CCF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala – Yaoundé
MSN:
1804
YOM:
1985
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
42
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Douala, the crew started the approach to Yaoundé-Nsimalen Airport by night and poor weather conditions. On final, due to poor visibility, the crew was unable to locate the runway and decided to initiate a go-around. During the next hour, the crew attempted four times to land, without success. Eventually, the captain elected to land in difficult conditions. On final, the aircraft was too high and landed too far down a wet runway, about 400 meters before the runway end. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran and crashed in a ditch. Both pilots and a passenger were killed.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew. Lack of visibility and wet runway surface (poor braking action) were considered as contributing factors.