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Date:Thursday 8 September 2005
Time:ca 08:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:TMK Air Commuter
Registration: 9Q-CBO
MSN: 735
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Murambi (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Butembo Airport (FZBM), Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Twin Otter departed Goma at 08:13 for a domestic flight to Butembo. About two minutes after departure an engine powerloss occurred. The pilot decided to try and make an emergency landing at Gisenyi Airport, just over the border with Rwanda. The airplane did not make it to the airport and a forced landing was carried out in a banana field. Some three occupants sustained injuries. The Twin Otter sustained serious damage to the fuselage. A.o. the right wing broke off on impact.

Forced landing outside airport

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DHC-6 Twin Otter

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