2009 Aéro-Frêt Antonov An-12 crash

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2009 Aéro-Frêt Antonov An-12 crash
An Antonov AN-12 similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 26 August 2009
Summary In-flight fire and mid-air break up
Passengers 1
Crew 5
Fatalities 6
Aircraft type Antonov An-12BK[1]
Operator Aéro-Frêt
Registration TN-AIA
Flight origin Pointe Noire Airport
Destination Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville

The 2009 Aéro-Frêt Antonov An-12 crash was the crash of an Antonov An-12 into a cemetery at Brazzaville, Congo on 26 August 2009.

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft involved was an Antonov An-12BK of Aéro-Frêt, registration TN-AIA.[2] The aircraft was manufactured in 1966, msn 6344607.[3]

Accident[edit]

The aircraft crashed into a cemetery at Nganga Lingolo on the outskirts of Brazzaville while on a flight from Pointe Noir Airport. The accident happened at 06:00 local time. The five Ukrainian crew and the Congolese passenger died in the accident.[2] The accident site is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south east of Maya-Maya airport. The aircraft was due to land on runway 05, it was carrying a cargo of food, a minibus and three other vehicles.[3] The METAR in force at the time of the accident was METAR FCBB 260600Z 27006KT 7000 SCT016 OVC130 21/20 Q1015 NOSIG (translation: Metar for Maya-Maya airport, issued at 06:00 UTC on the 26th of the month. Wind direction 270° at 6 knots (11 km/h), visibility 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), scattered clouds at 1,600 feet (490 m), overcast at 13,000 feet (4,000 m), temperature 21°C, dewpoint 20°C, QNH 1013 millibars, no significant change expected in next few hours).[4] At the time of the accident it was drizzling and visibility was 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi).[1] Eyewitnesses reported that one of the wings was on fire before the crash, and that the aircraft broke up in mid-air.[6] The carriage of the passenger was in contravention of the law in the Congo which bans AN-24s from use as passenger aircraft.[5]

Investigation[edit]

The accident is being investigated by the Congolese National Agency for Civil Aviation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RECENT ACCIDENTS / INCIDENTS WORLDWIDE". JACDEC. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Crash: Aero-Fret AN12 at Nganga Lingolo on Aug 26th 2009, impacted ground in a cemetery". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "History for Brazzaville, Congo". Wunderground. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cargo plane crashes into Congo cemetery, six dead". France 24. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Seven dead in Russian cargo plane crash in Congo". Yahoo News. Retrieved 26 August 2009. [dead link] Note: The title of this article comes from an early report of the incident that incorrectly stated the number of deaths. Later reports confirmed that six died (see,[2][5]).