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Orientale

Crash of a Boeing 727-022 in Kisangani: 77 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 2011 at 1511 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-COP
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Kisangani - Goma
MSN:
18933/185
YOM:
1965
Flight number:
EO952
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
108
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
77
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
52613
Circumstances:
Crew started the descent to Kisangani-Bangoka Airport in poor weather conditions with low visibility. On final approach, pilot did not have any visual contact with the runway but continue until the aircraft hit the ground some 1,000 meters short of runway 31. On impact, aircraft went out of control, veered to the right, exploded and disintegrated in a wooded area located to the right of the centerline. Five crew and 72 passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
In a preliminary report, DRC authorities pointed out the following elements:
- the flight crew misjudged weather conditions,
- the airline assigned unqualified/non-licensed crew to operate the Boeing 727-100 (the pilot's licence was not up to date),
- tower controllers were not licensed (two ATC's did not have a proper licence and above legal age)
- tower control staff was insufficient (six only for the complete roster),
- tower controllers provided erroneous/false weather data to flying crew,
- the airport authority lacked security plans,
- phonic records between tower control and crew were erased (destroyed) before the commission of inquiry can start any investigation.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Isiro: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 26, 2009 at 1616 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CSA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Goma-Isiro
MSN:
5005
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

On approach to Isiro-Matari airport, the aircraft crashed 3 km short of runway. The loadmaster was seriously injured while three others occupants were killed. The aircraft was carrying 7 tons of cigarettes from Goma to Isiro.

Crash of a Learjet 35 in Kisangani

Date & Time: Jun 12, 2008 at 1245 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-CFAI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kisangani-Bukavu
MSN:
35-365
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On takeoff, crew decided to abort the procedure. The aircraft veered off runway, lost its undercarriage and came to rest. Both occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Isiro: 11 killed

Date & Time: Sep 5, 2005 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
ER-AZT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Beni – Isiro
MSN:
90 05
YOM:
1979
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
On final approach to Isiro Airport, the crew encountered poor visibility due to fog. Too low, the aircraft collided with a palm tree and crashed 1,500 metres short of runway 31. All 11 occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B near Kisangani: 10 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 2005 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
EX-26060
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kisangani – Isiro
MSN:
111 07
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Kisangani-Bangoka Airport at 1248LT on a cargo flight to Isiro, carrying seven passengers, four crew members and a load of soap. About half an hour into the flight, the crew informed ATC about technical problems and elected to return. While descending to Kisangani, the aircraft crashed in a wooded area located 28 km north of the airfield, bursting into flames. A passenger was seriously injured while 10 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Let L-410A near Geti: 6 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2001 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5X-CNF
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bunia – Beni – Entebbe
MSN:
73 02 08
YOM:
1973
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
En route from Bunia to Beni, while cruising in poor weather conditions, the twin engine airplane crashed in a wooded and hilly terrain located near Geti, some 40 km east of Bunia. All six occupants were killed. The exact cause of the accident remains unknown but the aircraft may have been shot down by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels fighting the Uganda government.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12BP in Kisangani

Date & Time: Aug 15, 2000
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LZ-ITC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
00 346 909
YOM:
1970
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The four engine airplane was completing a humanitarian flight to Kisangani on behalf of 'Médecins Sans Frontières'. After touchdown, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and came to rest, bursting into flames. All seven crew members escaped uninjured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter in Durba

Date & Time: Jan 31, 1998
Registration:
9Q-CZG
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
916
YOM:
1996
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander in Bondo

Date & Time: Sep 5, 1997
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-OHFY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
829
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft landed just short of runway threshold and was damaged beyond repair. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Vickers 781D Viscount near Irumu: 23 killed

Date & Time: Jun 6, 1997
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CWL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bunia - Kisangani
MSN:
280
YOM:
1958
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Bunia Airport, the captain informed ATC about engine problems and reported fire in the cabin. Shortly later, the four engine aircraft went out of control and crashed about 40 km southwest of Bunia, in the region of Irumu. All 23 occupants were killed.