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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 27 December 2003
Time:07:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Air Malawi
Registration: 7Q-YKU
C/n / msn: 208B-0679
First flight: 1998
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Mzuzu Airport (ZZU) (   Malawi)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mzuzu Airport (ZZU/FWUU), Malawi
Destination airport:Lilongwe International Airport (LLW/FWKI), Malawi
Narrative:
Air Malawi's single Cessna Caravan, named 'Soche' taxied to Mzuzu's (ZZU) runway 17 for takeoff. The Cessna was carrying Malawi 's second vice president, Chakufwa Chihana, back to Lilongwe. During the takeoff roll the Cessna reportedly started to swerve and ran off the 1308 meters (4291 ft) runway. The plane skidded onto a highway, colliding with a moving minibus, killing a passenger.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» AP
» Malawi Nation Online


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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 Mzuzu Airport to Lilongwe International Airport as the crow flies is 261 km (163 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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