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Accident description
Last updated: 19 September 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 8 February 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:Air Karibu
Registration: 9Q-CDI
C/n / msn: 1037
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kinshasa (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Mbandaka Airport (MDK/FZEA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Electra plane was rented by the Congolese Armed Forces to transport fuel to Mbandaka. The aircraft, 6 tonnes overloaded, also carried live ammunition including bombs. Because no co-pilot was present, the flight engineer was performing duties of the co-pilot and a ground mechanic was performing duties of the flight engineer. Shortly after takeoff the no. 3 engine had to be shut down. The captain tried to return to the airport but the plane lost altitude and control, crashing some three minutes after takeoff, on the premises of the Congolese Electricity Company.

Classification:
Overloaded
Loss of control

Sources:
» Africa News Online
» Reuters
» Scramble 239


Photos

photo of Lockheed L-188A Electra PP-VJN
Electra PP-VJN was sold to Zaire in 1993
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Map
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'Djili Airport to Mbandaka Airport as the crow flies is 581 km (363 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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