ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-8 TL-ACM Pepa
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Wednesday 19 April 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-8
Operator:Force Aérienne Rwandaise
Registration: TL-ACM
MSN: 9340706
First flight: 1959
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20D
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pepa (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Pepa Airport (FZRJ), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kigali International Airport (KGL/HRYR), Rwanda
A Rwanda army major, two captains, two lieutenants, and some soldiers were killed along with the 4 Russian crewmembers when their Antonov 8 crashed on takeoff from Pepa. The soldiers were returning on home leave, while others were planning to attend the president's swearing-in ceremony.
A birdstrike is suspected. Other sources report a death toll of around 57 and suggest the Antonov might have been imported into Rwanda illegally.

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photo of Antonov-An-8-TL-ACM
accident date: 19-04-2000
type: Antonov An-8
registration: TL-ACM

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 Pepa Airport to Kigali International Airport as the crow flies is 638 km (398 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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Antonov An-8

  • 151 built
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