Narrative:The Hercules aircraft took off from Kuito at 06:50 UTC for a return flight to Benguela. On climbout a no. 1 engine failure was simulated by the pilot. The aircraft then continued to climb to FL240. At 4min 36sec after take-off, the no. 3 engine exploded. A fire then erupted. The Hercules descended fast and collided with 8 houses of the Cancao village, killing two people on the ground.
|Date:||Wednesday 14 October 1987|
|Type:||Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules|
|C/n / msn:|| 4701|
|First flight:|| 1976|
|Total airframe hrs:||8772|
|Engines:|| 4 Allison 501-D22A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 |
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||40 km (25 mls) W of Cuito (Angola)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Cuito Cuanavale Airport (CTI/FNCV), Angola|
|Destination airport:||Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport (BUG/FNBG), Angola|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident can be explained by the fact that the aircraft was struck by ground fire or a missile, the origin of which couldn't be established."
» Schlussbericht der Eidgen÷ssischen Flugunfall-Untersuchungskommission Řber den Unfall des Flugzeuges Lockheed 382G-44K-30 "Hercules" HB-ILF vom 14. Oktober 1987 40km W Kuito (Angola), Nr. 1987/A 26 1366
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Cuito Cuanavale Airport to Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport as the crow flies is 680 km (425 miles).