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Date:Wednesday 12 May 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26
Operating for:Avita Servicos Aéreos
Leased from:Volga Atlantic Airlines
Registration: D2-FBN
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) from Luzamba (   Angola)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Luzamba Airport (LZM/FNLZ), Angola
Destination airport:Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
An Antonov 26, owned by Volga Atlantic Airlines, was operating on a domestic flight on behalf of Avita Servicos Aéreos of Angola. The crew were forced to carry out a crash-landing after one of the engines was hit by a UNITA-missile. The Russian crewmembers Alexander Zaitsev, Sergei Zakharov and Sergei Chesnokov were seized by UNITA.

Shot down from the ground
Emergency landing

» ICAO Adrep
» Itar/TASS
» Scramble 243
» UN


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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 Luzamba Airport to Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport as the crow flies is 528 km (330 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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