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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:Sunday 26 August 2007
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operator:Great Lake Business Company
Registration: 9Q-CAC
MSN: 1407
First flight: 1987
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) from Kongolo Airport (KOO) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Kongolo Airport (KOO/FZRQ), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Antonov plane was loaded with about 9 tons of cassiterite (tin oxide) and other minerals at the Kongolo Airport (KOO). Twelve passengers also boarded the flight to Goma (GOM). The three crew members were Ukrainian and Russian. The airplane reportedly developed engine trouble about ten minutes after takeoff. The crew attempted to return to the Kongolo but the airplane contacted trees, crashed and burned short of the runway.

» Plane crash in Congo kills 13 (Reuters, 26-8-2007)
» Kongolo : 14 morts dans le crash d’un avion (Radio Okapi, 27-8-2007)
» Crash in Congo: 1 Russian, 2 Ukrainians die (Russia Today, 27-8-2007)


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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 Kongolo Airport to Goma Airport as the crow flies is 481 km (301 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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Antonov An-32

  • 357 built
  • 65th loss
  • 33rd fatal accident
  • 12th worst accident (at the time)
  • 13th worst accident (currently)
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 Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 21st worst accident (at the time)
  • 28th worst accident (currently)
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