Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 8 November 1983
Time:ca. 15:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M2
Operator:TAAG Angola Airlines
Registration: D2-TBN
C/n / msn: 22775/869
First flight: 1982-04-29 (1 year 6 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 126 / Occupants: 126
Total:Fatalities: 130 / Occupants: 130
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Lubango Airport (SDD) (   Angola) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lubango Airport (SDD/FNUB), Angola
Destination airport:Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
Narrative:
The aircraft climbed to an altitude of 200 feet after takeoff but started to descend and turned left. The wingtip struck the ground causing the aircraft to crash, bursting into flames, 800m past the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Technical failure according to Angolan authorities. Guerrilla (UNITA) rebels in the area however, claimed to have shot down the aircraft with a SAM missile.

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Distance from Lubango Airport to Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport as the crow flies is 673 km (421 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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