Accident description
Last updated: 18 December 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 4 October 2007
Time:ca 10:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operating for:Malift Air
Leased from:El Sam Airlift
Registration: 9Q-COS
C/n / msn: 8807
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 22
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 28
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) SW of Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH) (   Congo (Democratic Republic)) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Tshikapa Airport (TSH/FZUK), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Antonov 26 was reportedly owned by El Sam Airlift, and chartered by Malift Air. It operated on a mixed passenger/cargo service from Kinshasa-N'Djili (FIH) to Tshikapa (TSH) and Kananga Airport (KGA) and took off from N'Djili at 10:40. Shortly after takeoff the nr.2 engine failed. Some reports say propeller blade(s) separated from the engine. The airplane lost height, contacted trees and crashed onto Rue Mayulu in the Kingasani neighbourhood, striking three houses. A fire broke out. One Congolese crew member is said to have survived the accident. At least 28 fatalities have been reported on the ground.
There have been many conflicting reports regarding the number of passengers. A spokesman for Congo's humanitarian affairs ministry reported that 22 occupants were on the plane, but a figure of 19 has also been mentioned in press reports.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that three crew members were Russian.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's transport minister, Remy Henry Kuseyo, was sacked after the accident "due to his inability to reform the aviation sector".


Sources:
» Accident d'avion en RDC : aucun survivant, des maisons touchées (Digitalcongo, 4-10-2007)
» At least 23 killed in Congo plane crash (Reuters, 4-10-2007)
» Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
» Crash d'un Antonov 26 à Kinshasa (Le Potentiel, 5-10-2007)


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Distance from Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport to Tshikapa Airport as the crow flies is 632 km (395 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.
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Antonov 26

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