1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash

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1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash
shootdown
Date 10 October 1998
Summary Airliner shootdown
Site Near Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo
2°57′0″N 25°57′0″E / 2.95000°N 25.95000°E / 2.95000; 25.95000Coordinates: 2°57′0″N 25°57′0″E / 2.95000°N 25.95000°E / 2.95000; 25.95000
Aircraft
Aircraft type Boeing 727-30
Operator Lignes Aériennes Congolaises
Registration 9Q-CSG
Flight origin Kindu Airport
Destination N'djili Airport
Passengers 38
Crew 3
Fatalities 41
Survivors 0

The 1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash refers to a non-scheduled domestic KinduKinshasa passenger service that was shot down by rebel forces, just after takeoff from Kindu Airport, during climbout, on 10 October 1998.[1] All 41 occupants of the aircraft perished in the incident.[1]

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft involved was a Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727-30, registration 9Q-CSG, that had its maiden flight on 10 March 1965.[1][2] The airframe was 33 years old at the time of the crash.

Description of the event[edit]

The Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727-30 took off from Kindu Airport (KND/FZOA) on a domestic non-scheduled passenger flight to N'djili Airport in Kinshasa with 38 passengers and 3 crew on board. Only 3 minutes into the flight, the rear of the aircraft was struck by a Russian-made shoulder-fired Strela 2 surface-to-air missile. The captain attempted an emergency landing, but the 727 crashed into a dense jungle near Kindu. All 41 people on board perished.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Airline safety review – Fatal events: hostile action or unlawful Interference with aircraft safety". Flight International: 28. 13–19 January 1999. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.