Narrative:Gabon Express flight 221 departed Libreville at 09:11 for a domestic flight to Franceville. It is reported that a loss of oil pressure in the nr.2 engine forced the crew to shut down the engine. They decided to return to the airport. On the approach the undercarriage would not extend because of problems with the hydraulics. The HS-748 overflew the runway and the pilot ditched the plane some 100m offshore.
|Date:||Tuesday 8 June 2004|
|Type:||Hawker Siddeley HS-748-232 Srs. 2A|
|C/n / msn:|| 1611|
|First flight:|| 1967|
|Engines:|| 2 Rolls Royce 534-2 Dart|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 26|
|Total:||Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 30 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||off Libreville Airport (LBV) (Gabon)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Libreville Airport (LBV/FOOL), Gabon|
|Destination airport:||Franceville/Mvengue Airport (MVB/FOON), Gabon|
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Follow-up / safety actions
The Gabonese government banned Gabon Express from operating because it had failed to insure its aircraft.
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 Libreville Airport to Franceville/Mvengue Airport as the crow flies is 503 km (314 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.