Narrative:The Hercules crashed in dense jungle, 25km from the departure town of Huambo. There is heavy fighting going on in the area between UNITA rebels and Angolan government forces. The wreckage has been spotted, but fighting in the area made it impossible for the UN to access the wreckage.
|Date:||Saturday 26 December 1998|
|Type:||Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules|
|Operating for:||United Nations - UN|
|C/n / msn:|| 4561|
|First flight:|| 1974|
|Engines:|| 4 Allison 501-D22A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Total:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Vila Nova (Angola)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Huambo Airport (NOV/FNHU), Angola|
|Destination airport:||Saurimo Airport (VHC/FNSA), Angola|
N920SJ was sold to Transafrik in September 1998.
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 Huambo Airport to Saurimo Airport as the crow flies is 614 km (384 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.