Narrative:An Ilyushin 76T cargo plane, registered S9-SAB, was destroyed when it crashed into Lake Victoria, shortly after takeoff from Entebbe Airport (EBB), Uganda. All four crew members and seven passengers were killed in the accident.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||Monday 9 March 2009|
|C/n / msn:|| 073410301|
|First flight:|| 1977|
|Engines:|| 4 Soloviev D-30KP|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Total:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||10 km (6.3 mls) S off Entebbe Airport (EBB) (Uganda)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN), Uganda|
|Destination airport:||Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ/HCMM), Somalia|
The IL-76 cargo plane was registered in Sao Tome and Principe as S9-SAB and operated by Aerolift Company of South Africa. It was chartered by Dynacorp International, an American company which had been contracted by the African Union peace keeping mission to Somalia, AMISON to provide logistical support.
At Entebbe the airplane was loaded with tents and water purification equipment, bound for Mogadishu, Somalia. The four crew members were Russians and the other seven persons included three senior military officers from Burundi, one Indian from Dynacorp, one South African from AMISON and two Ugandans.
At 05:06, the aircraft was cleared to take off by the Entebbe Airport Control Tower. At 05:12, the IL-76 got airborne from runway 17 and was instructed to contact Entebbe Area Control Centre (ACC). The aircraft never contacted the Entebbe ACC as instructed. At 05:14, the control tower again called the flight and there was no response. At about the same time, the tower controller observed a fire which was appearing from the aircraft engines.
The airplane struck the surface of Lake Victoria, broke up and burned.
Weather reported about the accident time (02:40 UTC):
HUEN 090200Z 25005KT 9999 FEW018 FEW020CB OVC110 21/19 Q1016= [Wind 250 deg at 5 kts, few clouds at 1,800 ft., few clouds with cumulonimbus at 2,000 ft., overcast at 11,000 ft. Temperature 21 deg C, Dew point 19 deg C]
HUEN 090300Z 35005KT 9999 FEW018 FEW020CB BKN110 21/19 Q1016= [Wind 350 deg at 5 kts, few clouds at 1,800 ft., few clouds with cumulonimbus at 2,000 ft., broken clouds at 11,000 ft. Temperature 21 deg C, Dew point 19 deg C]
» Plane crashes into Lake Victoria, 11 feared dead (The New Vision, 9-3-2009)
» Uganda Parliament meeting Tuesday, 31 March 2009
UN-76496 moved to Aerolift as S9-SAB in 2006
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 Entebbe Airport to Mogadishu International Airport as the crow flies is 1440 km (900 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.