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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 8 June 2004
Time:09:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-232 Srs. 2A
Operator:Gabon Express
Registration: TR-LFW
C/n / msn: 1611
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 534-2
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Libreville Airport (LBV) (   Gabon)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Libreville Airport (LBV/FOOL), Gabon
Destination airport:Franceville/Mvengue Airport (MVB/FOON), Gabon
Flightnumber: 221
Narrative:
Gabon Express flight 221 departed Libreville at 09:11 for a domestic flight to Franceville. It is reported that a loss of oil pressure in the no. 2 engine forced the crew to shut down the engine. They decided to return to the airport. On the approach the undercarriage would not extend because of problems with the hydraulics. The HS-748 overflew the runway and the pilot ditched the plane some 100 m offshore.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» AFP
» ICAO Adrep


Follow-up / safety actions
The Gabonese government banned Gabon Express from operating because it had failed to insure its aircraft.

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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 Libreville Airport to Franceville/Mvengue Airport as the crow flies is 503 km (314 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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