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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Friday 28 April 2006
Time:06:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operating for:United Nations - UN
Leased from:King Air Services
Registration: ZS-ADL
C/n / msn: 208B-0381
First flight: 1994
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Margarita Mountain (   Uganda)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Bunia Airport (BUX/FZKA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Grand Caravan departed Goma (GOM) on a flight to Bunia (BUX), carrying 300 kg of freight. Instead of following the route indicated in the submitted flight plan, the crew executed a direct GPS route to Bunia. This took the plane over high terrain with clouds and low visibility.
The aircraft flew into the side of the Margarita Peak, which is on the Ugandan side of the Rwenzori Mountains. Margarita is the highest peak in the range is at 16700 feet (5109 metres). The aircraft crashed at an elevation of about 12500 feet (3800 m) and caught fire. Due to adverse weather in the Rwenzori Mountains, the wreckage was not located until April 30.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Second SA plane missing in the DRC (Independent 29-4-2006)
» Uganda: United Nations Tries to Reach WFP Plane Wreckage (The Monitor 2-5-2006)
» Ugandan report blames UN crew on plane crash (ANDnetwork.com, 12-9-2006)
» Un petit avion affrété par le Pam porté disparu en RDC (AFP, 29-4-2006)


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Map
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 Goma Airport to Bunia Airport as the crow flies is 374 km (234 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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