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 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 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 Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I in Kinshasa

Date & Time: Nov 2, 2015
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CNP
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
164
YOM:
1965
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew completed a belly landing at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport due to technical problems with undercarriage. After touchdown on runway 24 at N'Djili, the aircraft skidded for several yards and eventually veered to the right before coming to rest in a grassy area. All 26 occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. According to local press reports, the left main gear was sheared off during takeoff at Kinshasa-Ndolo few minutes earlier, forcing the crew to divert to N'Djili Airport to attempt an emergency landing.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 near Uvira: 6 killed

Date & Time: Dec 28, 2014 at 0300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
4L-AFS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Entebbe – Bujumbura – Pointe-Noire
MSN:
8608
YOM:
1979
Flight number:
AGS902
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a cargo flight from Entebbe to Pointe-Noire with an intermediate stop in Bujumbura, Burundi, to refuel. After take off, while proceeding to the west by night, the aircraft hit the slope of Mt Kafinda (3,100 meters high) and crashed in a dense wooded area, some 25 km south of Uvira. All six occupants were killed. The registration of the aircraft is not confirmed yet.

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 PZL-Mielec AN-2R in Kamako

Date & Time: Sep 13, 2013 at 1150 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CFT
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tshikapa - Kamako
MSN:
1G223-14
YOM:
1987
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
16798
Captain / Total hours on type:
16000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6981
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Tshikapa, the pilot initiated the approach to Kamako Airfield in relative good conditions. On final, the wind component suddenly changed. The aircraft lost height and impacted ground 16 metres short of runway 12. Upon impact, the undercarriage were partially torn off and the aircraft slid before coming to rest 37 metres past the runway threshold. All six occupants, one pilot and five passengers, escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the loss of control that occurred on short final was the result of the combination of a human error and weather component. The pilot was surprised by the abrupt change in weather conditions on short final to Kamako runway 12. He elected to initiate a go-around procedure and increased engine power but unfortunately, low level windshear caused the aircraft to lose height and to struck the ground as its speed was insufficient. In consequence, the increase power was too low to allow the pilot to maintain the approach profile. The torsion of the blades confirmed that the engine was at full power for a go-around procedure at impact. The absence of a windsock at Kamako Airfield was considered as a contributing factor as this would help the pilot to recognize the wind component and to decide to land or to go-around in due time.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I in Djolu

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2013 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CTC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Djolu – Kinshasa
MSN:
001
YOM:
1958
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
20412
Captain / Total hours on type:
1500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
795
Copilot / Total hours on type:
311
Aircraft flight hours:
17247
Aircraft flight cycles:
14728
Circumstances:
Last March 12, the aircraft sustained damages upon landing at Djolu Airport. Repairs were carried on and the aircraft was ready for its back trip to Kinshasa on March 22, carrying three crew members, two pilots and one mechanic. After the brakes were released, while accelerating on a dirt runway, the aircraft veered off runway, contacted trees and crashed in a wooded area, bursting into flames. All three crew members evacuated the burned wreckage and only the mechanic was injured. The aircraft was totally destroyed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control during the takeoff roll due to the poor condition of the runway.
Final Report:

Crash of a Fokker 50 in Goma: 7 killed

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2013 at 1744 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CBD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
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:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Kananga to Goma with an intermediate stop in Lodja, carrying four passengers, 6 crew members and a load of various goods. On final approach to Goma Airport Runway 36, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with limited visibility due to heavy rain falls. On final, the aircraft contacted the roof of a house and crashed in the garden of a residential area, coming to rest upside down. Three passengers were seriously injured while seven other occupants were killed.