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Pointe-Noire City District

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air A100 in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Dec 4, 2011 at 1422 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-CEM
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moanda - Pointe-Noire
MSN:
B-105
YOM:
1972
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Moanda, Gabon, crew executed the approach in poor weather conditions (rain falls, winds and turbulence). On touch down, twin engine aircraft skidded and veered off runway to the left. While contacting a soft ground, landing gear collapsed while an engine was sheared off. Aircraft slid several yards and came to rest. All ten occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Windshear with microburst is suspected.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12 in Pointe-Noire: 23 killed

Date & Time: Mar 21, 2011 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TN-AGK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Brazzaville - Pointe-Noire
MSN:
4 020 06
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
On final approach to runway 17 at Pointe-Noire, aircraft overturned and crashed in the residential are of Mvoumvou located four kilometers from airport. All nine occupants and fourteen people on the ground were killed. Aircraft was carrying 750 kilos of meat. It seems that two engines were out of service when control was lost on final approach.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12B in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Nov 10, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
UR-PLV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4 3 423 08
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Pointe-Noire Airport, while flying 80 km away, the crew contacted ATC and declared an emergency after a fire erupted in the cargo compartment. The crew was able to return and after landing, the aircraft stopped on the main runway, bursting into flames. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the fire started in the cargo bay near a generator.

Ground accident of a Boeing 727-247 in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Jan 25, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
9L-LEF
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
21482/1341
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While parked at Pointe-Noire Airport, the aircraft was struck by an Antonov AN-12 registered EK-11660 and operated by Aéro-Service that just completed a cargo flight from Brazzaville with 6 crew members on board. Following a normal landing, the crew of the AN-12 vacated the runway and while approaching the apron, they lost control of the aircraft that collided with the parked Boeing 727. All six crew members on board the AN-12 were injured, both pilots seriously. Both aircraft were damaged beyond repair. The Boeing 727 was empty at the time of the ground collision.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of a brakes failure.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12BP in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Jan 25, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EK-11660
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Brazzaville – Pointe-Noire
MSN:
5 3 432 09
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Brazzaville on a cargo flight to Pointe-Noire, carrying six crew members and a load of various goods. Following a normal landing, the crew vacated the runway and while approaching the apron, they lost control of the aircraft that collided with a parked Boeing 727-246 registered 9L-LEF and operated by Canadian Airways Congo. All six crew members on board the AN-12 were injured, both pilots seriously. Both aircraft were damaged beyond repair. The Boeing 727 was empty at the time of the ground collision.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of a brakes failure.

Crash of a Swearingen SA226AT Merlin IV in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Mar 11, 1994
Operator:
Registration:
TN-ADP
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Port Gentil - Pointe-Noire
MSN:
AT-025
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following a visual approach to Pointe-Noire Airport runway 17, the twin engine airplane belly landed and skidded on runway for about 250 metres before coming to rest. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the approach speed was excessive and that the flaps were deployed in an inappropriate angle. On descent, the crew failed to follow the approach checklist and forgot to lower the undercarriage. After the landing gear alarm sounded just prior to the flare, the crew elected to initiate a go-around procedure but it was obviously too late.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.63 Halifax VI in Pointe-Noire: 18 killed

Date & Time: Sep 19, 1949 at 1238 LT
Operator:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Paris – Rabat – Dakar – Accra – Pointe-Noire
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Captain / Total flying hours:
450
Circumstances:
For undetermined reason, the landing at Dakar-Yoff Airport was a little bit rude and the aircraft should be grounded for four days to repair the tail gear. After an uneventful fuel stop in Accra, the crew continued to Pointe-Noire but encountered poor weather conditions upon arrival. The visibility was bad and the ceiling was about 100 meters. On final approach, the aircraft was too far to the right of the centerline so the pilot in command made a sharp turn to the left when control was lost. The aircraft crashed in flames and was destroyed. All 18 occupants were killed, among them military personnel, civilians, women and children.
Crew (Groupe de Transport GT I/25 Tunisie):
Lt Cornette, pilot,
Cpt Pinson,
Asp Desgourgues,
Adj Carayol,
Sgt Escudie,
Sgt Rivaud,
Sgt Cullion.
Passengers:
Dr. Stéfanopoulo from Pasteur Institute,
Col Cordier,
Cdt Delair,
Mrs Sokoloff and her three children,
Mrs Lagrange.
Mrs Cécile Idrac 2.