ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-26 042 Pemba Airport (POL)
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Date:Sunday 30 March 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26
Operator:Força Aérea Popular de Libertação de Moçambique
Registration: 042
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 49
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Pemba Airport (POL) (   Mozambique)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Pemba Airport (POL/FQPB), Mozambique
Destination airport:Maputo International Airport (MPM/FQMA), Mozambique
The Antonov crashed while trying to turn back to Pemba following a malfunction on board.
The aircraft bounced high on landing and rolled to the left and impacted the runway, bursting into flames.

The msn is either 12803, 12804 or 12807.

Bounced on landing
Loss of control

» Flight International 12 April 1986, p.14
» Lloyds List
» Soviet Transports
» The Chronicle Telegram 31-3-1986


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Distance from Pemba Airport to Maputo International Airport as the crow flies is 1654 km (1034 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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