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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 1 April 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation - CAA
Registration: 9Q-CRU
C/n / msn: 41
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tshikapa Airport (TSH) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tshikapa Airport (TSH/FZUK), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Mbuji-Mayi Airport (MJM/FZWA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Convair was taking off for a flight to Mbuji-Mayi when unusual noise was heard. The takeoff was aborted but the plane overran the runway and collided with an embankment. The takeoff was being performed up-slope. Normally takeoffs at Tshikapa are performed down-slope due to the significant slope of the 1000 m runway.

Classification:

Runway excursion

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep
» Scramble 227


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Distance from Tshikapa Airport to Mbuji-Mayi Airport as the crow flies is 307 km (192 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.
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