Narrative:The Antonov crashed shortly after takeoff into an open field in the so-called Golfe II district of Luanda, about 5 kms from the airport runway. According to eyewitnesses the airplane banked left immediately after takeoff, climbed to a height of 200 feet before it crashed. The airplane burst into flames after impact.
|Date:||Wednesday 15 November 2000|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52|
|Total:||Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5 km (3.1 mls) E of Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD) (Angola)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola|
|Destination airport:||Namibe Airport (MSZ/FNMO), Angola|
It is said that 45 people were on board; other sources state a final death toll of even 57. The crew, as confirmed by the airlines managing director, consisted of one Angolan and 4 Ukrainians. According to the findings of a preliminary investigation the accident was caused by engine failure; the report also accused Asa Pesada, of negligence for failing to keep accurate records of the amount of fuel and number of passengers on board.
» Fábio Luís Fonseca
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Follow-up / safety actions
Angola has banned the operation of any civil air flights using Russian-built Antonov aircraft. It includes all Antonov 12, 24, 26, 30 and 32 aircraft. The flight ban reportedly only applied to flights
in the Angolan interior, and not along the coast - the case of the Luanda-Namibe route.
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 Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport to Namibe Airport as the crow flies is 719 km (449 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.