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Last updated: 19 February 2018
Date:Thursday 12 November 2009
Time:ca 12:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-100ER
Operating for:Rwandair Express
Leased from:JetLink Express
Registration: 5Y-JLD
C/n / msn: 7197
First flight: 1997
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3A1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kigali International Airport (KGL) (   Rwanda)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kigali International Airport (KGL/HRYR), Rwanda
Destination airport:Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN), Uganda
Flightnumber: 205
A Canadair CRJ-100ER RegionalJet passenger plane, 5Y-JLD, operated by JetLink Express on behalf of Rwandair, was substantially damaged when it struck an airport building at Kigali Airport (KGL), Rwanda. One passenger was killed. The airplane operated on a scheduled international flight to Entebbe Airport (EBB), Uganda.
Two minutes after takeoff, the pilot requested to return because of a technical problem with the engine's thrust lever (throttle). The airplane landed safely and taxied back to the apron. However as the ground crew went to put on the main gear wheel chocks, the aircraft suddenly accelerated, turned right knocking over blast fences until it hit the eastern wall of the VIP building after covering a distance of about 500 meters. After hitting the wall, the flight attendants aboard the aircraft initiated an evacuation sequence and the passengers escaped through the over-wing emergency door and walked away from the aircraft to the terminal building.
The nose gear collapsed and the nose was buried inside the building up to and including the left hand forward passenger door.

Weather reported about the time of the accident (12:30 local, 10:30 UTC):
HRYR 121030Z VRB03KT 9999 BKN030 24/18 Q1018 NOSIG= [Wind variable at 3 knots; unlimited visibility; Broken clouds at 3000 feet; temperature 24 degrees C, dew point 18 degrees C; 1018 MB]

» Rwandair media release
» Jetlink flight crashes in Kigali (Update 2) (The Independent - Uganda, 12-11-2009)
» Pilot trapped in crashed plane saved from wreckage (RNA, 12-11-2009)


photo of Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-100ER F-GPTF
F-GPTF operating for Air Littoral; it was withdrawn from use in 2004 and sold as 5Y-JLD in 2007
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
3 NOV 1997 F-GPTF Air Littoral delivered
18 NOV 2000 F-GPTF Lufthansa CityLine leased
10 DEC 2000 F-GPTF Air Littoral returned
15 OCT 2002 F-GPTF Brit Air leased
30 JUN 2003 F-GPTF Air Littoral returned
13 FEB 2004 F-GPTF Air Littoral withdrawn from use and stored at Calgary International Airport, AB (YYC), Canada
FEB 2008 5Y-JLD JetLink Express registered
5Y-JLD Rwandair Express bought

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 Kigali International Airport to Entebbe Airport as the crow flies is 338 km (212 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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