Accident description
Last updated: 25 July 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 1 September 2008
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C-1
Operating for:Air Serv International
Leased from:CemAir
Registration: ZS-OLD
C/n / msn: UC-137
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) NW of Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY) (   Congo (Democratic Republic)) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kisangani Airport (FKI/FZIA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY/FZMA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
A Beech 1900 operating on behalf of Air Serv International departed Kinshasa on a humanitarian flight to Goma (GOM). En route stops were made in Mbandaka (MDK) and Kisangani (FKI). The last stop before Goma would be Bukavu (BKY), a one hour flight from Kisangani. The airplane approached Bukavu in severe weather. It flew into a steep ridge, some 15 km northwest of Bukavu. The crash site is at about 10,000 ft above sea level and is a steep slope of mount Kahuzi. The area is thick jungle.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Humanitarian aircraft goes missing in Congo-U.N. (Reuters, 1-9-2008)
» Air Serv International press release 2 SEP 2008


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Distance from Kisangani Airport to Bukavu-Kavumu Airport as the crow flies is 511 km (319 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.
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