2012 Aéro-Service Ilyushin Il-76 crash

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2012 Aéro-Service Ilyushin Il-76T crash
Aviacon Zitotrans Ilyushin Il-76 MRD-2.jpg
An Ilyushin Il-76, similar to the aircraft involved
Date 30 November 2012 (2012-11-30)
Summary Clipped trees and crashed during final approach
Site Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-76T
Operator Air Highnesses on behalf of Aéro-Service
Registration EK-76300
Flight origin Pointe Noire Airport
Destination Maya-Maya Airport
Passengers 1
Crew 5
Fatalities 32 (6 + 26 on ground)
Injuries 14 (on ground)
Survivors 0

The 2012 Aéro-Services Ilyushin Il-76 crash occurred on 30 November 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. An Ilyushin Il-76T freighter, registration EK-76300, owned and operated by the Armenian cargo airline Air Highnesses on behalf of Congolese cargo airline Aéro-Service was flying from Pointe Noire Airport to Maya-Maya Airport in the Republic of the Congo. The aircraft was attempting to land on runway 5L in heavy rain, when it clipped high trees about 1000 meters from the runway threshold and disintegrated over 500 meters.[1] The aircraft caught fire and was destroyed, killing all five Armenian crew and an Armenian policeman present on board, as well as 26 local residents, injuring a further 14 as to require hospitalization. The aircraft was initially mistakenly attributed to Trans Air Congo.[2]


On 28 February 2013, the Interstate Aviation Committee received the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder for analysis on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of Congo. Both recorders show mechanical damage as a result of the impact. The IAC is working to reconstruct and download the data.[1]


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Coordinates: 4°15′00″S 15°16′00″E / 4.2500°S 15.2667°E / -4.2500; 15.2667