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Last updated: 15 November 2018
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Date:Monday 25 November 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12BP
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-11747
C/n / msn: 5343609
First flight: 1976
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Luassingua (   Angola)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Cuito Cuanavale Airport (CTI/FNCV), Angola
Destination airport:Menongue Airport (SPP/FNME), Angola
Narrative:
The Soviet An-12 transport plane was shot down by a South African special forces team with a "Strela-1" SAM. The missile hit engine no. 2 and the wing came off 47 seconds later. The aircraft crashed into a forest near Luassingua. All 8 crew and 13 passengers (Soviet military advisors and Angolan officers) were killed. The An-12 was en route from Cuito Cuanavale (CTI) to Luanda (LAD) via Menongue (SPP).

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Distance from Cuito Cuanavale Airport to Menongue Airport as the crow flies is 164 km (102 miles).

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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Antonov An-12

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