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Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 19 April 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 8
Operator:Force Aérienne Rwandaise
Registration: TL-ACM
C/n / msn: 9340706
First flight: 1959
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20D
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pepa (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Pepa Airport (FZRJ), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport (KGL/HRYR), Rwanda
A Rwanda army major, two captains, two lieutenants, and some soldiers were killed along with the 4 Russian crewmembers when their Antonov 8 crashed on take-off from Pepa. The soldiers were returning on home leave, while others were planning to attend the president's swearing-in ceremony.
A birdstrike is suspected. Other sources report a death toll of around 57 and suggest the Antonov might have been imported into Rwanda illegally.

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Distance from Pepa Airport to Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport as the crow flies is 638 km (398 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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Antonov 8

  • 18th loss
  • 151 built
  • worst accident
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 Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • 12th worst accident (at the time)
  • 19th worst accident (currently)
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