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Crash of a Cessna 425 Conquest in Windhoek: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 29, 2016 at 1011 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
V5-MJW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Windhoek - Windhoek
MSN:
425-0077
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training flight at Windhoek-Hosea Kutako Airport. On final approach, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames 3 km short of the runway threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire and all three crew members were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Omega

Date & Time: Nov 30, 2013
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
NAF-3-642
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Windhoek - Omega AFB
MSN:
?
YOM:
0
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On the leg to the disused airstrip at Omega AFB (Zambezi Region) of a flight to Bagani in order to collect the bodies of all 33 people who had been killed in the crash of ERJ-190AR C9-EMC of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique in the Bwabwata National Park the previous day, when landed long on an airstrip that was overgrown by grass and bushes. Aircraft overrun and came to rest into trees at the end of the runway, causing damage to the wings (the outer right wing was partially sheared off. All six occupants escaped unhurt while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair. Hulk still in situ in FEB2014 and may be disassembled and trucked back to Windhoek.
Probable cause:
Wrong landing configuration. Disused airport and runway in poor condition.

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 Cessna 208 Caravan in Windhoek: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 15, 2009 at 0658 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-OTU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Windhoek - Ondjiva - Huambo - Luanda
MSN:
208-0513
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight to Ondjiva, Huambo and Luanda, Angola, with construction materials, paints and food stuff on board. Just after lift off from runway 19, the single engine aircraft crashed in the bush, one km from the airport. Two passengers and the pilot were killed while one passenger was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
The aircraft’s total weight at the time of take-off was 9691 pounds (4395 kg). The maximum certified take-off weight for this type of aircraft is 9062 pounds (4110 kg). The pilot had made one fundamental error in his weight calculation, by using an incorrect empty aircraft weight of 4575 pounds (2075 kg), instead of the correct weight of 5174 pounds (2347 kg). As a result, the aircraft’s maximum take-off weight was exceeded by 629 pounds (285 kg). The aircraft failed to maintain flying speed and stalled shortly after take-off, rendering ground impact inevitable.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Namibia: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2003 at 1930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
V5-CAS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Rooisand Desert Ranch-Windhoek
MSN:
208-0549
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

Few seconds after takeoff from a farmer airstrip, the single engine aircraft struck a hillside in the Gamsberg Mountains, 180 km west of Windhoek.

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

Date & Time: Jun 28, 1993 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-NEP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Windhoek-Johannesburg
MSN:
BB-0838
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-15-DK in Namibia: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 25, 1980
Operator:
Registration:
6851
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
27645/15300
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances somewhere in Namibia, killing all three crew members.