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Last updated: 26 October 2021
Date:Friday 10 November 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212-M Aviocar 300
Operator:Royal Lesotho Defence Force
Registration: LDF-46
MSN: 389
First flight: 1989-04-10 (7 months)
Engines: 2 Honeywell TPE331-10R-513C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Maluti Mountains (   Lesotho)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Qacha's Nek Airport (UNE/FXQN), Lesotho
Destination airport:Maseru/Mejametaiana Airport (FXMU), Lesotho
A CASA C-212 Aviocar military transport plane, operated by the Royal Lesotho Defence Force, was destroyed when it crashed in a mountainous area in Lesotho. All fifteen on board were killed in the accident.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Scramble Vol.11, nr.6 (p.46)
» San Jose Mercury News - November 11, 1989


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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 Qacha's Nek Airport to Maseru/Mejametaiana Airport as the crow flies is 144 km (90 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 Networks 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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