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Accident description
Last updated: 21 March 2018
Date:Friday 26 April 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-366C
Operator:Hewa Bora Airways
Registration: 9Q-CKB
C/n / msn: 19844/744
First flight: 1973
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Destination airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Weather at Kinshasa-NDjili Airport was stormy as the 707 landed on runway 24. Directional control was lost and the plane ran off the side of the runway causing the right main undercarriage to collapse.

Runway excursion

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SU-AOU was sold to D.R. Congo in 1994
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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 Johannesburg International Airport to Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport as the crow flies is 2767 km (1730 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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Boeing 707

  • 858 built
  • 158th loss
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  • 81st worst accident (currently)
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