Narrative:The An-32 freighter plane couldn't gain height after takeoff from Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport. The crew elected to abort the takeoff, but the aircraft overran the runway by 600 m and crashed into a market square. Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft was overloaded by 595 pounds.
|Date:||Monday 8 January 1996|
|Operating for:||African Air|
|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))
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO/FZAB), Congo (Democratic Republic)|
|Destination airport:||Kahemba Airport (FZCF), Congo (Democratic Republic)|
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.
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 16.1.96(27-28)
» Flight International 17-23.01.96(8)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/96 (#9)
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RA-26222 was leased to African Air in Congo.
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 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.