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Date:Tuesday 15 April 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC95 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51
Operator:Hewa Bora Airways
Registration: 9Q-CHN
MSN: 47731/860
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 86
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 94
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 37
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goma Airport (GOM) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Crash site elevation: 1551 m (5089 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Kisangani-Bangoka International Airport (FKI/FZIC), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Failed to lift off the runway 18 on takeoff, reportedly after passing through a puddle, what caused loss of thrust in one of the engines. The airplane continued into a residential area, crashed 100 m from runway 36 threshold and caught fire. According to many sources all survived, but some also state two deaths or (at least) 60 survivors. Officials put the death toll at 44, passengers on the plane as well as persons on the ground.

» Crash de Goma : 44 morts, 60 passagers rescapés, 13 disparus (Radio Okapi 18-4-2008)


photo of DC-9-51-N410EA
accident date: 15-04-2008
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51
registration: N410EA

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
16 AUG 1977 N992EA Eastern Airlines
N410EA Eastern Airlines new registration
23 DEC 1993 N410EA TWA leased
30 JUN 1999 N410EA Allegiant Air
09 JUN 2005 3D-BOA Hewa Bora Airways
S9-DBH Hewa Bora Airways new registration
9Q-CHN Hewa Bora Airways new registration

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 Goma Airport to Kisangani-Bangoka International Airport as the crow flies is 493 km (308 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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