Narrative:A Filair Let 410 passenger plane, registered 9Q-CCN, was destroyed in an accident near Bandundu Airport (FDU), D.R Congo. Twenty occupants died, one survived. The airplane was destroyed, there was no fire.
|Date:||Wednesday 25 August 2010|
|C/n / msn:|| 912608|
|First flight:|| 1991|
|Engines:|| 2 Walter M-601E|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 18|
|Total:||Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Bandundu Airport (FDU) (Congo (Democratic Republic))
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Semendwa Airport (FZBS), Congo (Democratic Republic)|
|Destination airport:||Bandundu Airport (FDU/FZBO), Congo (Democratic Republic)|
The airplane operated on a flight to Kinshasa to Kiri, Bokoro, Semendwa, Bandundu and back to Kinshasa.
The airplane reportedly came down in the village while on final approach to the airport. Media reports suggested fuel starvation, but a Filair spokesman reported that there were 150 litres of fuel in the tanks. The airplane nosed down in the village shortly before landing.
According media reports the accident occurred after a contraband crocodile escaped a carry-on bag and entered the cabin. A flight attendant ran off towards the flight deck, followed by passengers. Thus the center of gravity moved too much to the front. The pilots lost control and the aircraft crashed.
» Crash de Bandundu ville, la version de Fil Air (Radio Okapi 27-8-2010)
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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.