ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-26 9Q-COS Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH)
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Thursday 4 October 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26
Operating for:Malift Air
Leased from:El Sam Airlift
Registration: 9Q-COS
MSN: 8807
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 22
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 28
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) SW of Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH) (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Tshikapa Airport (TSH/FZUK), Congo (Democratic Republic)
The Antonov An-26 was reportedly owned by El Sam Airlift, and chartered by Malift Air. It operated on a mixed passenger/cargo service from Kinshasa-N'Djili (FIH) to Tshikapa (TSH) and Kananga Airport (KGA) and took off from N'Djili at 10:40. Shortly after takeoff the no. 2 engine failed. Some reports say propeller blade(s) separated from the engine. The airplane lost height, contacted trees and crashed onto Rue Mayulu in the Kingasani neighbourhood, striking three houses. A fire broke out. One Congolese crew member is said to have survived the accident. At least 28 fatalities have been reported on the ground.
There have been many conflicting reports regarding the number of passengers. A spokesman for Congo's humanitarian affairs ministry reported that 22 occupants were on the plane, but a figure of 19 has also been mentioned in press reports.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that three crew members were Russian.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's transport minister, Remy Henry Kuseyo, was sacked after the accident "due to his inability to reform the aviation sector".

» Accident d'avion en RDC : aucun survivant, des maisons touchées (Digitalcongo, 4-10-2007)
» At least 23 killed in Congo plane crash (Reuters, 4-10-2007)
» Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
» Crash d'un Antonov 26 à Kinshasa (Le Potentiel, 5-10-2007)


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Distance from Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport to Tshikapa Airport as the crow flies is 632 km (395 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Antonov An-26

  • 1403 built
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  • 72nd fatal accident
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