Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 8 June 1980
Time:15:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40K
Operator:TAAG Angola Airlines
Registration: D2-TYC
C/n / msn: 9721753
First flight: 1977
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Matala (   Angola) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lubango Airport (SDD/FNUB), Angola
Destination airport:Jamba Airport (JMB), Angola
Narrative:
A TAAG Angola Airlines Yak-40 passenger plane crashed near Matala in Angola, killing all 19 on board.
Flight International reports that the airplane operated on a domestic flight from Jamba (JMB) to Lubango (SDD). Angolan authorities reported to ICAO that flight took off at 15:15. At 15:32 the aircraft went down when it was hit following 'actions by a foreign aircraft'. The airplane then crashed near Matala, killing all 19 on board.

Since Matala is located at some 155 km east of Lubango, it seems more likely that the accident flight was routed from Lubango to Jamba.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Yak-40 may have been shot down by a Zambian Shenyang J-6 (MiG-19) fighter plane.


Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Summary No 12/80
» Flight International 28 June 1980


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Distance from Lubango Airport to Jamba Airport as the crow flies is 265 km (165 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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