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Accident description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 14 October 2017
Time:ca 08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26-100
Operator:Valan International Cargo Charter
Registration: ER-AVB
C/n / msn: 3204
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ) (   Cote d'Ivoire)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Ouagadougou Airport (OUA/DFFD), Burkina Faso
Destination airport:Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ/DIAP), Cote d'Ivoire
Narrative:
An Antonov An-26-100 cargo plane impacted the shoreline, while on final approach to runway 03 at Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport, Cote d'Ivoire. The aircraft came down in the sea, about 650 meters short of the threshold of runway 03. The aircraft broke in three upon impact.
The aircraft was chartered by the French Army. On board were six Moldovan crew members and four French army personnel, part of the anti-terrorist operation Barkhane. Four crew members died in the accident.

Weather reports indicate that a thunderstorm was passing the airport at the time of the accident.

Sources:
» Côte d'Ivoire: Un avion s'écrase en mer peu après son décollage d'Abidjan (koaci.com, 14 Oct. 2017)
» Crash d’un avion à Abidjan: 4 Moldaves tués et 6 blessés (Ministre) (actu225.com, 14 Oct. 2017)

METAR Weather report:
06:00 UTC / 06:00 local time:
DIAP 140600Z 22008KT 9000 SCT012 OVC040 26/24 Q1011 TEMPO 4000 RA

06:30 UTC / 06:30 local time:
DIAP 140630Z 21007KT 9000 SCT012 OVC040 26/24 Q1012 TEMPO 4000 RA

07:00 UTC / 07:00 local time:
DIAP 140700Z VRB02KT 7000 SCT012 OVC040 26/25 Q1012 TEMPO 4000 RA

07:30 UTC / 07:30 local time:
DIAP 140730Z 08003KT 050V140 6000 SCT011 OVC030 26/25 Q1013 TEMPO 4000 RA

07:35 UTC / 07:35 local time:
DIAP 140735Z VRB05KT 4000 -RA SCT011 OVC030 25/24 Q1013 TEMPO 2500 RA

08:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
DIAP 140800Z 06016KT 4000 -RA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 24/23 Q1013 TEMPO 2500 TSRA

08:03 UTC / 08:03 local time:
DIAP 140803Z 06016KT 4000 -TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 TEMPO 2500 TSRA

08:30 UTC / 08:30 local time:
DIAP 140830Z 06012KT 4000 -TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1014 TEMPO 2500 TSRA

08:38 UTC / 08:38 local time:
DIAP 140838Z 03010KT 2700 TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 TEMPO 1300 TSRA

08:57 UTC / 08:57 local time:
DIAP 140857Z 03008KT 6000 -TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 RERA TEMPO 4000 TSRA

09:00 UTC / 09:00 local time:
DIAP 140900Z 03008KT 6000 -TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 RERA TEMPO 4000 TSRA

09:30 UTC / 09:30 local time:
DIAP 140930Z 04005KT 6000 -TSRA SCT005 SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 TEMPO 4000 TSRA

09:52 UTC / 09:52 local time:
DIAP 140952Z 04003KT 340V070 7000 TS SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 BECMG NSW

10:00 UTC / 10:00 local time:
DIAP 141000Z 04003KT 340V070 7000 TS SCT011 FEW020CB OVC030 23/22 Q1013 BECMG NSW


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Distance from Ouagadougou Airport to Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport as the crow flies is 827 km (517 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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