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Last updated: 6 August 2021
Fecha:miércoles 19 abril 2000
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic AN8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-8
Operador:Force Aérienne Rwandaise
Registración: TL-ACM
Numéro de série: 9340706
Año de Construcción: 1959
Motores: 2 Ivchenko AI-20D
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 20 / Ocupantes: 20
Total:Fatalidades: 24 / Ocupantes: 24
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Pepa (   República Democrática del Congo)
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Pepa Airport (FZRJ), República Democrática del Congo
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Kigali International Airport (KGL/HRYR), Ruanda
A Rwanda army major, two captains, two lieutenants, and some soldiers were killed along with the 4 Russian crewmembers when their Antonov 8 crashed on takeoff from Pepa. The soldiers were returning on home leave, while others were planning to attend the president's swearing-in ceremony.
A birdstrike is suspected. Other sources report a death toll of around 57 and suggest the Antonov might have been imported into Rwanda illegally.

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photo of Antonov-An-8-TL-ACM
accident date: 19-04-2000
type: Antonov An-8
registration: TL-ACM

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 Pepa Airport to Kigali International Airport as the crow flies is 638 km (398 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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Antonov An-8

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  • 19th loss
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 República Democrática del Congo
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  • 20th worst accident (actualmente)
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