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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Date:Thursday 8 May 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-76MD
Operating for:Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Leased from:Ukrainian Cargo Airways
Registration: UR-UCB
MSN: 0063467003
First flight: 1986
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KP-2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 109
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 115
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kinshasa (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kinshasa (unknown airport), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Lubumbashi-Luano Airport (FBM/FZQA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ilyushin 76 UR-UCB was leased to the Congolese Ministry of Defense by the Ukrainian company Ukrainian Cargo Airways and operated in Congo since December 2002. On May 8th, soldiers and their families boarded the transport plane for a flight from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi. The aircraft also carried some military vehicles. About 45 minutes into the flight the rear cargo door opened in flight, causing decompression of the cargo hold. A number of passengers were sucked out. The plane returned safely to Kinshasa. Seven people were confirmed dead by a government spokesman, while others estimate many more may have been killed (maybe even around 60).

Forced landing on runway

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