ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia D2-FDO Dundo
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Thursday 12 October 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Registration: D2-FDO
MSN: 120082
First flight: 1988
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:119 km (74.4 mls) SW of Dundo (   Angola)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dundo Airport (DUE/FNDU), Angola
Destination airport:Luanda Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
An Embraer EMB-120ER, operated by Guicango, was destroyed when it crashed during a flight from Dundo to Luanda, Angola.
The flight took off from Dundo at 16:58. On board were three crew members, two medics, a company employee and a South African patient, suffering malaria symptoms.
At 17:16, while in cruise flight at FL200, the crew reported to the Dundo Tower that they were flying for five minutes in bad weather. Three minutes later, the flight radioed that they were turning back to Dundo.
At 17:21 the flight crew reported that the right engine had failed. At that time they were 85 miles from Dundo.
Two minutes later the aircraft reported to be descending through FL180 with a fire in the no.2 engine.
The last radio contact with the flight was at 17:24 when the flight crew reported having lost hydraulics. They were descending fast with the engine still on fire.
The wreckage was located on October 14, in an area of Alto Cuilo, at a distance of approximately 64 NM from Dundo.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The Investigation Committee has determined that the probable cause of the accident, yet to be confirmed, is linked to the involvement of contributing factors from the human and operational groups.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: INIPAT Angola
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: 02/INIPAT/22
Download report: Preliminary report

» Avião localizado sem sobreviventes (, 14 Oct. 2017)


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
mAY 1988 PT-SKZ Embraer first flight
10 June 1988 OO-DTF Delta Air Transport delivered
16 Jan. 1998 PH-XLF Air Exel Netherlands registered
28 Sep. 1998 PH-XLF Air Exel Netherlands type changed from EMB-120RT to EMB-120ER
Jan 2002 PH-XLF withdrawn from use, stored
Dec. 2002 4L-XLF Caucasus Airlines
6 Jan. 2006 N102SK Aerospace Trust Management LLC Trustee registered
16 Feb. 2007 D2-FDO Airjet registered
unkown date D2-FDO Guicango

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 Dundo Airport to Luanda Airport as the crow flies is 847 km (529 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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