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Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 1 June 2004
Time:ca 07:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32
Operator:Sun Air
Registration: 9XR-SN
MSN: 2105
First flight: 1989
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kigali International Airport (KGL) (   Rwanda)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Beni Airport (BNC/FZNP), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Narrative:
The Antonov reportedly suffered problems with the left main undercarriage after takeoff from Beni. The airplane was headed for Goma, Congo, but diverted to Kigali for an emergency landing. The aircraft crashed on landing, causing the Russian pilots and Congolese passengers to sustain serious injuries. The An-32 involved in the accident had been detained in Goma mid-July 2003 because it carried a shipment of armaments destined for a Rwanda-backed militia in the Congolese Kasai region.

Sources:
» Guus Ottenhof
» Xinhua


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Distance from Beni Airport to Goma Airport as the crow flies is 250 km (156 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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Antonov An-32

  • 357 built
  • 61st loss
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 Rwanda
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 3rd worst accident (currently)
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