Date & Time: Apr 19, 2000
Type of aircraft:
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Pepa - Kigali
Democratic Republic of Congo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Pepa Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft collided with a flock of birds that struck both engines. The aircraft lost height and crashed past the runway end, bursting into flames. All 24 occupants were killed, among them several officers from the Rwanda Army, one major, two captains, two lieutenants and some soldiers who were returning to Kigali after taking part to a presidential ceremony.
Loss of control during initial climb following a bird strike.