Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 11 April 1968
Type:Lockheed L-100 Hercules
Operator:Zambian Air Cargoes
Registration: 9J-RCY
C/n / msn: 4109
First flight: 1966
Total airframe hrs:2339
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D22
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ndola Airport (NLA) (   Zambia) show on map
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Lusaka Airport (LUN/FLLS), Zambia
Destination airport:Ndola Airport (NLA/FLND), Zambia
Narrative:
The Hercules had completed a cargo flight from Cambridge (UK) to Lusaka via Benina and Entebbe and was being ferried back to its Ndola base. During reverser checks prior to takeoff from Lusaka the no. 2 nacelle overheat light came on. The fire shut-off handle was pulled and the warning light went out. As there were no visible signs of a fire, the crew restarted the engine. The flight and landing were uneventful and the no. 1 and 4 engines were shut down when taxiing to the ramp. Entering the parking area, the no. 2 nacelle overheat light illuminated again. The no. 2 engine was shut off and the crew made some turns to park the aircraft next to another Zambian Hercules (9J-RBX). In the final turn steering and brake pressure became exhausted and the aircraft struck the port wing of 9J-RBX, cutting through some 12 feet of the wing. A fire broke out and destroyed both aircraft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The collision resulted from failure to halt the aircraft when it was decided to shut down the no. 2 engine. A contributory cause was that the crew lacked a ready understanding of the mechanics of the aircraft."

Classification:

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume II (267-273)


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Distance from Lusaka Airport to Ndola Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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