ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2M2 D2-TBD Windhoek
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Thursday 26 December 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M2
Operator:TAAG Angola Airlines
Registration: D2-TBD
MSN: 21723/567
First flight: 1979-04-09 (23 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:24 km (15 mls) NW of Windhoek (   Namibia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Windhoek-Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH/FYWH), Namibia
Destination airport:Lubango Airport (SDD/FNUB), Angola
A TAAG Boeing 737 collided with a Westair Cessna 404 Titan II (V5-WAA) while climbing through an altitude of 11,500 feet. The wing of the Boeing sliced through the tail of the Cessna. The pilot of the Cessna, who was alone in the aircraft, managed to land safely at Windhoek-Eros Airport (ERS) although 40% of the tail fin and rudder had been lost, with the right-hand elevator and tailplane suffering extensive damage. The Boeing, with nearly 50 passengers and crew on board, continued its flight to Lubango.

Mid air collision
Normal landing

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Distance from Windhoek-Hosea Kutako International Airport to Lubango Airport as the crow flies is 932 km (582 miles).

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