Narrative:The Antonov departed Malabo on a domestic morning flight to Bata on the mainland. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft contacted trees and crashed into a mountainous jungle area, some 30 km from Malabo. There are conflicting reports regarding the number of persons on board. According to the airline, the flight manifest shows 10 crew and 35 passengers. Government sources reported 60 people were on the plane, after first reports of 55 occupants.
The ill-fated Antonov was brought to Equatorial Guinea to fly for Aerolíneas de Guinea Ecuatorial (AGE) starting February 2002. It's first 1000-hour maintenance check was estimated for January 2004. Around that period AGE ceased operations and the plane moved to the new company Equatair. Reportedly the aircraft moved to Equatorial Express Airlines and was continuously operated without undergoing the 1000-hour maintenance check.
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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 Malabo-Santa Isabel Airport to Bata Airport as the crow flies is 238 km (149 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.