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Last updated: 17 November 2019
Status:Preliminary
Date:Wednesday 18 August 2004
Time:ca 11:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Transworld Safaris
Registration: 5Y-TWH
C/n / msn: 208B0784
First flight: 1999
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) N of Goma (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Walikale Airstrip, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Grand Caravan collided with the Nyarigongo Volcano in bad weather, ten minutes after takeoff. It crashed into the 8,500 feet level of the 11,000 feet high volcano.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Scramble 307
» Tears as pilot’s body arrives (East African Standard 21-8-2004)
» Trois morts dans un accident d'avion en RDCongo (AFP 21-08-2004)


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Distance from Goma Airport to Walikale Airstrip as the crow flies is 136 km (85 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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