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Last updated: 17 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 17 February 1990
Time:19:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo
Operator:Zambian Air Force
Registration: AF-316
C/n / msn: 66
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 10 km W of Lusaka Airport (LUN) (   Zambia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mbala Airport (MMQ/FLBA), Zambia
Destination airport:Lusaka Airport (LUN/FLLS), Zambia
Narrative:
Suddenly dove into a field as it prepared to land.

Sources:
» Buffalo Roster Revision 5
» Air Forces Monthly 12/02, p.74
» Airlinerlist.com
» Scramble Vol.11, nr.10
» Volkskrant 19.2.1990


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Distance from Mbala Airport to Lusaka Airport as the crow flies is 782 km (488 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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