Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 3 December 1995
Time:22:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2K9
Operator:Cameroon Airlines
Registration: TJ-CBE
C/n / msn: 23386/1143
First flight: 1985-08-14 (10 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 68 / Occupants: 71
Total:Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 76
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Douala Airport (DLA) (   Cameroon) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cotonou Airport (COO/DBBB), Benin
Destination airport:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Cameroon
Flightnumber:3701
Narrative:
A Boeing 737-2K9 passenger plane, operated by Cameroon Airlines, was destroyed in an accident at Douala, Cameroon. Five of the 76 occupants survived the accident.
The Boeing 737, named "Nyong", operated on a passenger flight from Cotonou, Benin to Douala, Cameroon. The flight crew reported landing gear problems and elected to abort the approach. On its second approach, the airplane entered a steep dive and crashed about 6 km short of the runway in a mangrove swamp. It appeared that the aircraft was carrying out a go-around and that the no. 2 engine was operating at high power while the no. 1 engine was not developing power.


Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Safety Week 11.12.1995 (p. 3)
» Aircraft Illustrated 2/96 (12)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/96


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Distance from Cotonou Airport to Douala Airport as the crow flies is 849 km (531 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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