Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 8 January 1996
Time:12:43
Type:Antonov 32B
Operating for:African Air
Leased from:Moscow Airlines
Registration: RA-26222
C/n / msn: 2301
First flight: 1988
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 237
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO) (   Congo (Democratic Republic)) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO/FZAB), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kahemba Airport (FZCF), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The An-32 freighter plane couldn't gain height after take-off from Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport. The crew elected to abort the take-off, but the aircraft overran the runway by 600m and crashed into a market square. Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft was overloaded by 595 pounds.
The aircraft was owned by Moscow Airways and was also flown by a Russian crew. African Air wasn't authorized to operate this flight, and has therefore borrowed authorization papers from Scibe Airlift.


Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 16.1.96(27-28)
» Flight International 17-23.01.96(8)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/96 (#9)
» Scramble 201


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RA-26222 was leased to African Air in Congo.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport to Kahemba Airport as the crow flies is 525 km (328 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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