1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash
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|Date||10 October 1998|
Near Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo |
|Aircraft type||Boeing 727-30|
|Operator||Lignes Aériennes Congolaises|
|Flight origin||Kindu Airport|
The 1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash refers to a non-scheduled domestic Kindu–Kinshasa passenger service that was shot down by rebel forces, just after takeoff from Kindu Airport, during climbout, on 10 October 1998. All 41 occupants of the aircraft perished in the incident.
Description of the event
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.
- Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 June 2012.
- "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.
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