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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Friday 20 April 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:Zaire Air Force
Registration: 9T-TCG
MSN: 4736
First flight: 1977
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kinshasa (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Gbadolite Airport (BDT/FZFD), Democratic Republic of the Congo
The C-130 Hercules crashed three minutes after takeoff, reportedly after a propeller blade failure.

» Joplin Globe April 21,1990


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Distance from Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport to Gbadolite Airport as the crow flies is 1135 km (709 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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