ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-32B RA-26222 Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Monday 8 January 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operating for:African Air
Leased from:Moscow Airlines
Registration: RA-26222
MSN: 2301
First flight: 1988
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 237
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO/FZAB), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kahemba Airport (FZCF), Congo (Democratic Republic)
The An-32 freighter plane couldn't gain height after takeoff from Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport. The crew elected to abort the takeoff, but the aircraft overran the runway by 600 m and crashed into a market square. Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft was overloaded by 595 pounds.
The aircraft was owned by Moscow Airways and was also flown by a Russian crew. African Air wasn't authorized to operate this flight, and has therefore borrowed authorization papers from Scibe Airlift.

Runway excursion

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 16.1.96(27-28)
» Flight International 17-23 January 1996 (8)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/96 (#9)
» Scramble 201


photo of Antonov-An-32B-RA-26222
accident date: 08-01-1996
type: Antonov An-32B
registration: RA-26222

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 Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport to Kahemba Airport as the crow flies is 525 km (328 miles).

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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