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Date:Monday 1 September 2008
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C-1
Operating for:Air Serv International
Leased from:CemAir
Registration: ZS-OLD
MSN: UC-137
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) NW of Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Crash site elevation: 3048 m (10000 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kisangani-Bangoka International Airport (FKI/FZIC), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY/FZMA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
A Beech 1900 operating on behalf of Air Serv International departed Kinshasa on a humanitarian flight to Goma (GOM). En route stops were made in Mbandaka (MDK) and Kisangani (FKI). The last stop before Goma would be Bukavu (BKY), a one hour flight from Kisangani. The airplane approached Bukavu in severe weather. It flew into a steep ridge, some 15 km northwest of Bukavu. The crash site is at about 10,000 ft above sea level and is a steep slope of mount Kahuzi. The area is thick jungle.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Humanitarian aircraft goes missing in Congo-U.N. (Reuters, 1-9-2008)
» Air Serv International press release 2 SEP 2008


photo of Beechcraft-1900C-1-ZS-OLD
accident date: 01-09-2008
type: Beechcraft 1900C-1
registration: ZS-OLD

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 Kisangani-Bangoka International Airport to Bukavu-Kavumu 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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Beech 1900

  • 695 built
  • 32nd loss
  • 21st fatal accident
  • 7th worst accident (at the time)
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