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Accident description
Last updated: 24 March 2018
Date:Sunday 21 May 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 200
Operator:DTA-Direcção de Exploração dos Transp. Aéreos
Registration: CR-LLD
C/n / msn: 10439
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:3828
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NW off Lobito Airport (   Angola)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Luanda Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
Destination airport:Lobito Airport (FNLB), Angola
Crashed into the sea when approaching Lobito in conditions below visual minima. The airplane operated on a domestic flight from Luanda (LAD) to Sá da Bandeira (now Lubango).

Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Willem Wendt


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Luanda Airport to Lobito Airport as the crow flies is 390 km (244 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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