2013 Goma Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Fokker 50 crash

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2013 Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation crash
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MONUSCO troops guarding the crash site in Goma
Accident summary
Date 4 March 2013
Summary Crashed in an empty lot in a residential area while landing in poor weather
Site Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
1°41′S 29°14′E / 1.683°S 29.233°E / -1.683; 29.233Coordinates: 1°41′S 29°14′E / 1.683°S 29.233°E / -1.683; 29.233
Passengers 4
Crew 5
Fatalities 6
Injuries (non-fatal) 3
Survivors 3
Aircraft type Fokker 50
Operator Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation
Registration 9Q-CBD
Flight origin Lodja Airport
Destination Goma International Airport

On 4 March 2013, a Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Fokker 50 making a domestic cargo flight from Lodja Airport to Goma International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo crashed in poor weather on approach to Goma. There were nine people on the aircraft; six died in the accident. No fatalities were reported on the ground, despite the aircraft crashing into a populated area.

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft involved in the accident in 2006 wearing the KLM Cityhopper livery.

The aircraft involved in the accident was a twin-turboprop Fokker 50, registration 9Q-CBD, that was powered with a twin PWC PW125B powerplant and had its maiden flight on 9 December 1992 with registration PH-LXJ. Having serial number 20270, it was delivered to Air UK on 28 October 1994 and re-registered G-UKTE. This registration was kept following the rebranding of Air UK to KLM uk in January 1998 (1998-01). KLM Cityhopper re-registered the aircraft as PH-LXJ in March 2003 (2003-03), and returned it to the lessor in 2010 (2010). In March the same year, it was re-registered 9Q-CBD and delivered to Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation. The aircraft was 20 years and 85 days old at the time of the accident.[1]

Accident[edit]

The aircraft was two minutes from touching down at Goma airport on a cargo service from Lodja Airport,[2] 640 kilometres (400 mi) west of Goma.[3] At 17:55 local time,[2] the aircraft crashed in an empty lot in the middle of the city.[3] No distress calls were made prior to the crash.[4]

There were nine people on board the aircraft, including six airline employees—a crew of five and a security guard—and three passengers.[5] All six employees were killed in the accident.[4] Except for the pilot, a 46-year-old Russian national named Alexander Bazhenov, the dead were all from the Congo.[5] The Russian consul to the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirmed that a Russian national was on board.[6] Initial reports of 30–50 fatalities were not substantiated.[3][5][7]

Aftermath[edit]

Following the crash,[8] the Ministry of Transport of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced a re-certification of all airlines having an operator's certificate issued in the country[9] that were subject to a ban in the European Union.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fokker 50 – MSN 20270 – 9Q-CBD Airline Compagnie Africaine Aviation". Airfleets.net. 
  2. ^ a b Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 5 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Kavanagh, Michael J. (4 March 2013). "Congolese Plane Crashes During Landing at Goma Airport". Reuters. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Kavanagh, Michael J. (5 March 2013). "Congolese Plane Crash in Goma Killed Six People, Minister Says". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Plane crash in eastern DR Congo kills 6, injures 3". WireUpdate. BNO News. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seis muertos en accidente aéreo en el Congo, según el último balance" [Six dead in the Congo crash, according to last figures] (in Spanish). RIA Novosti. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Waldron, Greg (5 March 2013). "CAA Fokker 50 crashes in eastern Congo: reports". Singapore: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Le gouvernement annonce la récertification des compagnies aériennes d'ici fin mars" [The government announces the re-certification of all the airlines for the end of March] (in French). ANGOP. Xinhua. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Crash en RDC : 7 morts, re-certification en vue" [Crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: seven dead and re-certification on course] (in French). Air Journal. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "List of airlines banned within the EU". European Commission. 4 December 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 December 2012. 

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