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Last updated: 18 February 2019
Date:Sunday 12 February 2012
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gulfstream G-IV
Operating for:Katanga Express
Leased from:Trident Aviation Services
Registration: N2SA
C/n / msn: 1104
First flight: 1989
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 610-8
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 12
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY/FZMA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
A Gulfstream G-IV corporate jet, N2SA, sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY), D.R. Congo. Both pilots and two passengers were killed in the accident. Two farmers died after being struck by the jet.
The passengers that were killed were identified as former governor of Katanga, Katumba Mwanke and Oscar Gema di Mageko, the national deputy of the Lukunga District. The latter died of his injuries on February 27.
The Finance Minister Matata Ponyo and the governor of South Kivu, Marcelin Cishambo were seriously injured in this accident. Also on board was Antoine Ghonda, ambassador to President Kabila and former foreign minister of the D.R.C.

The airplane operated on a flight from Kinshasa to Bukavu with an en route stop at Goma to enplane passengers and to refuel. The airplane touched down some 1200 meters down the 2000 m long runway. The airplane failed to stop on the runway. It continued past the end of the runway and went down an embankment. It broke in two. There was no fire. Accident photos show flaps down and thrust reversers on both engines activated.

Runway excursion

» Radio Okapi
» Reuters
» Digital Congo


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photo of Grumman G-1159C Gulfstream IV N2SA
photo of Grumman G-1159C Gulfstream IV N2SA
photo of Grumman G-1159C Gulfstream IV N2SA
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N700GD was re-registered N2SA in 2011
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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 Goma Airport to Bukavu-Kavumu Airport as the crow flies is 85 km (53 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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