2007 Free Airlines L-410 crash

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2007 Free Airlines L-410 crash
A Let L-410UVP Turbolet similar to the one involved in the incident.
Accident summary
Date 21 June 2007
Site Kamina Town
Passengers 18
Crew 3
Injuries (non-fatal) 12
Fatalities 1
Survivors 20
Aircraft type Let L-410UVP Turbolet
Operator Free Airlines and Karibu Airways
Registration 9Q-CEU
Flight origin Kamina Town
Destination Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

On June 21, 2007 an overloaded Free Airlines Let L-410UVP (registration 9Q-CEU) in Karibu Airways livery crashed shortly after takeoff from Kamina Town (fr:Kamina Ville) for Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Landing in a swamp east of the unpaved strip, the aircraft came to rest inverted with wheels and wings above the water.[1]


Free Airlines and Karibu Airways (also cited as the operator) were both on the List of air carriers banned in the EU. That list now bans "All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC)".[2]

The L-410UVP is only rated for a maximum of 17 passengers, but there were 21 people aboard, including three crew. The aircraft was previously registered as 5R-MGO by the now-defunct Madagascar Flying Services. It was reported to have previously crashed in southern Sudan in 2005.[3]


There was one fatality, Mbuyu Mibanga, a deputy in the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 12 more were injured, including two Congolese doctors working for the World Health Organization.[4]


After another crash occurred in August 2007, the licenses of Karibu Airways and pilot Isaac Besongo were subsequently suspended.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^ List of airlines banned within the EU, 2009-11-26, accessed 2009-12-03
  3. ^ Aviation Safety Net (Misidentifies airport as Kamina Base)
  4. ^ Reuters: DRC MP killed in plane crash Independent On Line 2007-06-22, accessed 2009-12-03
  5. ^ Two DRC airlines grounded after fatal crashes, Mail and Guardian 2007-08-27
  6. ^ Retombées du crash de l’Antonov 32 à Kongolo : Le ministre des Transports suspend le directeur de l’Aéronautique civile Digital Congo (in French) 2007-08-29
  7. ^ Crash à l'atterrissage d'un avion de Karibu Airways Crash-Arien (in French)

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