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Last updated: 15 December 2018
Date:Saturday 24 October 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12A
Operator:Centrafrican Airlines
Registration: TL-ACJ
C/n / msn: 1340107
First flight: 1961
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lubutu (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport (KGL/HRYR), Rwanda
A Antonov 12A went missing while on a flight between Goma Airport (GOM), D.R. Congo and Kigali Airport (KGL), Rwanda. The crew had reported that they were diverting to Kisangani. The reason for the extreme diversion is unknown. Kisangani is 500 km to the Northwest while destination Kigali is 100 km to the East.

The wreckage was found on August 1, 1999.

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photo of Antonov An-12A RA-48971
RA-48971 was sold in 1995 and ended up as TL-ACJ in 1998
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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 Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport as the crow flies is 105 km (66 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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