2007 Kongolo Antonov An-32B crash

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2007 Kongolo Antonov An-32B crash
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Date26 August 2007 (2007-08-26)
SummaryEngine Failure
SiteKongolo Airport, Kongolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aircraft typeAntonov An-32B
OperatorGreat Lakes Business Company
Flight originKongolo Airport, Kongolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
DestinationGoma International Airport, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 26 August 2007, an Antonov An-32B crashed at Kongolo Airport in Kongolo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 14 of the 15 people on board.[1]


Loaded with nine tons of cassiterite and other minerals and carrying 12 passengers and a crew of three, an Antonov An-32B operated by the Great Lakes Business Company took off from Kongolo Airport for a domestic flight to Goma International Airport in Goma on 26 August 2007. About ten minutes after takeoff, the aircraft experienced engine trouble, and the crew – composed of two Ukrainians and a Russian – attempted to return to Kongolo Airport. On approach to Kongolo Airport about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) short of the runway, the aircraft struck trees and crashed at about 16:00 local time. The wreckage caught fire. All three crew members and 11 of the 12 passengers died.[1]


The aircraft was a twin-engine Antonov An-32B (NATO reporting name "Curl"), manufacturer's serial number 14-07.[1] It had first flown in 1987 and was registered as 9Q-CAC.[1]


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