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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 25 August 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E20C
Registration: 9Q-CCN
MSN: 912608
First flight: 1991
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Bandundu Airport (FDU) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Semendwa Airport (FZBS), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Bandundu Airport (FDU/FZBO), Democratic Republic of the Congo
A Filair Let 410 passenger plane, registered 9Q-CCN, was destroyed in an accident near Bandundu Airport (FDU), D.R Congo. Twenty occupants died, one survived. The airplane was destroyed, there was no fire.
The airplane operated on a flight to Kinshasa to Kiri, Bokoro, Semendwa, Bandundu and back to Kinshasa.
The airplane reportedly came down in the village while on final approach to the airport. Media reports suggested fuel starvation, but a Filair spokesman reported that there were 150 litres of fuel in the tanks. The airplane nosed down in the village shortly before landing.
According media reports the accident occurred after a contraband crocodile escaped a carry-on bag and entered the cabin. A flight attendant ran off towards the flight deck, followed by passengers. Thus the center of gravity moved too much to the front. The pilots lost control and the aircraft crashed.

Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

» Crash de Bandundu ville, la version de Fil Air (Radio Okapi 27-8-2010)
» Plane crashes in DRCongo, 20 dead: deputy governor (AFP)


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Distance from Semendwa Airport to Bandundu Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 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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Let L-410

  • 1138+ built
  • 101st loss
  • 46th fatal accident
  • 3rd worst accident
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 Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 19th worst accident (at the time)
  • 22nd worst accident (currently)
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