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Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 18 November 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
Operator:Cougar Cargo
Registration: EL-WVD
MSN: 45885/342
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (Q)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mwanza Airport (MWZ) (   Tanzania)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN), Uganda
Destination airport:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW), Tanzania
The DC-8 cargo plane was being repositioned from Entebbe to Mwanza to collect 40 tons of frozen fish filets when crashed on landing.
Reportedly, the PIC had no type rating on the aircraft because Aeroservice Miami had stopped his training as they were not making any progress. The aircraft landed at night, although Mwanza was a daytime-operations only airport at the time. The airplane touched down on the left of the runway after doing 3 missed approaches. It slid down the grass sideways onto the runway, collapsed both main gears and separated the number 3 engine which came to rest on fire under the forward hold of the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Tanzania
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CAV/ACC/15/97
Download report: Preliminary report
Language: English

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photo of DC-8-54F-EL-WVD
accident date: 18-11-1997
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
registration: EL-WVD
photo of DC-8-54F-4K-555
accident date: 18-11-1997
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
registration: 4K-555

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Entebbe Airport to Mwanza Airport as the crow flies is 280 km (175 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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