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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Monday 24 December 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26B
Operator:Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Registration: 9T-TAB
MSN: 14301
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 65
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beni Airport (BNC) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Kisangani Airport (FKI/FZIA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Beni Airport (BNC/FZNP), Democratic Republic of the Congo
An Antonov An-26B transport plane, operated by the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, suffered an accident while attempting to land at Beni Airport, D.R. Congo.
Photos from the scene suggest that the aircraft overran the runway at Beni. It went down a slope and broke upon impact. The left hand wing broke away outside of the no.1 engine. The remaining wing with the engines attached tilted down, causing the propellers to strike the ground. A localized post-impact fire erupted, but was contained by fire services.
All occupants are said to have survived. The aircraft carried troops that were being deployed to the Beni region.

Runway excursion



photo of Antonov-An-26B-9T-TAB
accident date: 24-12-2018
type: Antonov An-26B
registration: 9T-TAB

Video, social media

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 Kisangani Airport to Beni Airport as the crow flies is 478 km (299 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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