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Date:Friday 22 March 2013
Time:12:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operator:Malu Aviation
Registration: 9Q-CTC
MSN: 1
First flight: 1958-08-14 (54 years 8 months)
Total airframe hrs:17247
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 529-8X
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Djolu Airport (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Djolu Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport (NLO/FZAB), Democratic Republic of the Congo
On March 12, 2013, a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I, 9Q-CTC, departed Kinshasa-N'Dolo on a cargo flight to Djolu Airport, D.R. Congo. The flight was uneventful but on landing the aircraft was damaged. Repairs were carried out on sight.
Ten days later the aircraft was to be flown back to Kinshasa with two crew members and four technicians on board. After releasing the brakes for takeoff, the aircraft accelerated off the side of the runway and into a forest. The aircraft broke up and a fire erupted.

The aircraft involved in the accident was the Grumman G-159 prototype.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
The accident and its consequences are:
- The poor condition of the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: BPEA/ACCID/03/2013
Download report: Final report
Language: French

Runway excursion

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Follow-up / safety actions

BPEAA issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Djolu Airport to Kinshasa-N'Dolo Airport as the crow flies is 961 km (601 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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G-159 Gulfstream

  • 201 built
  • 30th loss
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 Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 78th worst accident (at the time)
  • 89th worst accident (currently)
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