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Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12E in Mukinge

Date & Time: Jan 26, 2021 at 0850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AF-222
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lusaka - Mukinge
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Lusaka Airport on a flight to Mukinge, carrying five crew members and a load of five diesel drums. After touchdown at Mukinge Airfield, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, collided with obstacles and came to rest with its nose and cockpit severely damaged. Both pilots were injured and three other crew members escaped uninjured.

Crash of a Britten Norman BN-2A Islander near Chirundu

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2014 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9Q-CYA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
617
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was on its way to its base in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a crew of two on board. En route, crew encountered engine problems and elected to make an emergency landing by the Lusaka - Chirundu road. Eventually, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a cliff. While both occupants were injured, the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces.

Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12 in Mukinge

Date & Time: Oct 16, 2010 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AF-215
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
0088
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touch down, aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in flames against trees. Nobody was hurt but aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Occupants were performing a flight on behalf of the Zambian Government, preparing the next official visit of the President of the Republic of Zambia in Mukinge.

Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12 in Mongu: 13 killed

Date & Time: May 18, 2005 at 1328 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AF-216
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mongu-Lusaka
MSN:
0089
YOM:
1994
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The aircraft and its crew was performing a food supply flight to a drought-stricken part of Zambia. It crashed shortly after takeoff from Mongu airport for unknown reasons. All occupants were killed.
Probable cause:

Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu in Kitwe: 5 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1996 at 0754 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N2514Q
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
46-8508098
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
On February 15, 1996, about 0554 universal time, a Piper PA-46, N2514Q (serial number 46-8508098), registered to a partnership in Canby, Oregon, crashed near Kitwe, Zambia. The airplane was destroyed and all five persons on the airplane were fatally injured. The weather conditions at the accident site are unknown. It is not known if a flight plan had been filed for the flight.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-5D Buffalo in Lusaka: 29 killed

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1990 at 1925 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AF-316
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
M’Bala – Lusaka
MSN:
66
YOM:
1976
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
24
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
29
Circumstances:
While approaching Lusaka, the twin engine airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a field located 10 km from the airport. All 29 occupants were killed.

Crash of an Avro 748-263-2A in Kasaba Bay

Date & Time: Jul 4, 1983
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9J-ADM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kasaba Bay - Lusaka
MSN:
1706
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
42
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Kasaba Bay Airport, the left engine suffered unknown problems. The captain decided to abandon the takeoff procedure and initiated an emergency braking maneuver. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran and came to a stop. All 46 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing 707-321C in Lusaka: 6 killed

Date & Time: May 14, 1977 at 1433 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-BEBP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
London - Athens - Nairobi - Lusaka
MSN:
18579/332
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
6782
Captain / Total hours on type:
115.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
13745
Copilot / Total hours on type:
2482
Aircraft flight hours:
47621
Aircraft flight cycles:
16723
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a cargo flight from London to Lusaka with intermediate stops in Athens and Nairobi. Following an uneventful flight from Nairobi, a clearance was given to descend further down to FL70 in 1,000 feet steps. At 09:28 the copilot reported that the airfield was in sight. Lusaka then cleared the aircraft to descend to 6,000 feet (2,221 feet above runway elevation) and moments later a clearance was given to make a visual approach for runway 10. At 09:32 flaps were selected to 50°. Suddenly, at 09:33, the complete right-hand horizontal stabilizer and elevator assembly were seen to separate in flight. The aircraft pitched rapidly nose down and dived vertically into the ground from a height of about 800 feet. The main wreckage was located 3,660 meters from the runway threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all six occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a loss of pitch control following the in-flight separation of the right hand horizontal stabilizer and elevator as a result of a combination of metal fatigue and inadequate failsafe design in the rear spar structure. Shortcomings in design assessment, certification and inspection procedures were contributory factors.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Monze: 9 killed

Date & Time: May 4, 1976
Operator:
Registration:
C-GDHA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Monze - Monze
MSN:
428
YOM:
1974
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada dispatched an aircraft in Africa to complete demo flights to potential customers. In Monze, the crew was engaged in a local demo flight for the Zambian Air Force, carrying several Zambian AF Officers and DH employees. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the right engine failed. The airplane stalled and crashed one km from the runway end. A Canadian pilot who was not flying, Christian Jolivet, was severely burnt and a Zambian military personnel survived. All nine other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine during initial climb.