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Last updated: 19 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 16 October 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62F
Operator:Continental Cargo Airlines
Registration: 9G-REM
C/n / msn: 45910/311
First flight: 1967
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN/DTTA), Tunisia
Destination airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
The aircraft departed Oostende, Belgium at 02:00 for a flight to Kinshasa, D.R.Congo. A technical stop was made at Tunis, Tunisia.
The crew was unable to perform the runway 24 ILS approach because of an airborne equipment malfunction. They changed to a visual procedure for runway 24, with a left tail wind. The crew flew a short pattern because the pilot considered that he had very little fuel left. The landing was very hard and off centre. The DC-8 slid off the runway to the left. A fire ensued immediately.


Runway excursion

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DC-8 9G-REM flying for Kuwait Airways; photo Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport July 1999,
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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 Tunis-Carthage Airport to Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport as the crow flies is 4586 km (2866 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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