Plane crash of AN-32B in Kinshasa. 1996
Plane crash of AN-32B in Kinshasa. 1996

Plane crash of AN-32B airlines MVL (leased by the Zairian airline) in Kinshasa

  • Date of the crash: 08.01.1996, the

  • The time of the crash: 11: 40

  • Country air crash: Zaire

  • Location of the crash: Kinshasa

  • Type of aircraft: An-32B

  • Registration of aircraft: RA26222

  • Name of air carrier: African Air

Chronology of events:

The aircraft, which had the crew of the Moscow Air Lines on board, performed flights under a leasing agreement with the local airline AfricanAir (Republic of Zaire). 08.01.1996, during the day in bad weather conditions, a cargo flight was carried out for the transportation of consumer goods and food products from Ndolo (Kinshasa) airport. In addition to the crew on board was a citizen of Ukraine and a citizen of Zaire, the accompanying cargo. The strip was asphalt-covered, dry, with a width of 30 m, length 1700. The takeoff was performed in 11: 40 local time with flaps that were released at 25 degrees. At a speed of 130 km / h, at 28 second from the start of take-off, the elevator slid to 20 degrees and remained in this position until the end of the flight. The pitch angle at 32 second from the start of the take-off was more at 3,5 degrees, but the takeoff continued in a three-point position, unloading several front wheels. The speed at 39 second reached 194 km / h (the speed of lifting the nose wheel with the take-off weight of the aircraft 26 t). The speed at 42 second reached the detachment speed of 204 km / h, but the nose wheel did not detach, the plane continued to move in the three-point position. The crew at 47 second tried to stop the take-off by cleaning the engine control lever, and after 3 seconds - by removing the propellers from the stop. The crew's actions with regard to stopping the take-off of rolling out the airplane beyond the borders of the aerodrome and the strip did not prevent. There are no traces of inhibition on the strip. At the aerodrome there is no fence from the exit end of the strip. Directly behind the strip, perpendicular to its axis, is a drainage ditch, then a highway, and then the city market begins. When rolling out the plane collided with the breastwork of a concrete drainage ditch, went to the market territory, which was located in the alignment of the strip, moved about 240 m along the trading rows and caught fire because of a collision with the construction of the market. The aircraft mechanic was killed, the remaining persons who were on board were injured.

As a result of the disaster, according to the Red Cross, on the ground were killed and more 297 253 people have injuries of varying severity.

Aircraft are booting Aviation Company: AfricanAir without the presence of the crew and given the characteristics of the aircraft. Take-off weight is estimated, amounted to 29200-34000 kg, that is higher than the maximum allowed.

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 6: 4 2 crew members and passengers. On the ground was 297 people. Total killed 298 people: 1 297 crew and people on the ground.

Details of the crash:

  • Phase of flight: take-off

  • Data on the plane:

  • aircraft Brand: An-32B

  • Aircraft ID: RA26222

  • Country where registered aircraft: Russia

  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 1990

  • Serial number of the aircraft: 2301

Flight data:

  • Tour type: Truck

  • Aviation Company: African Air

  • The country, which was registered aviation company: Zaire

  • Flying from: Kinshasa

  • Flying in: Kahemba

  • Original entry: Kinshasa

  • A final point: Kahemba

The details:

Identified shortcomings in the investigation:

- Failure of the crew members control the centering and loading of the aircraft;

- Check the expiry dates of piloting crew equipment;

- Is not fulfilled eskoe service aircraft in the form 600 hours;

- Contract airline "Moscow air line" to work in Zaire was interrupted 29.12.95;

- The airline operator's certificate "Moscow Air Line" stopped, and all the crew knew about it;

Additional information:

Information about the crew:

  • FAC commander AE NV Casarin