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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 17 May 2007
Time:ca 11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP
Operator:SAFE Air Company
Registration: TN-AHE
C/n / msn: 851335
First flight: 1985
Engines: 2 Walter M-601D
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Walikale (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Walikale Airstrip, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
The Let 410 was used to transport minerals from Walikale to Goma. All flight to Walikale use a 700 m long road located near Kilambo as an airstrip. Preliminary reports indicated that an engine caught fire three minutes after takeoff. The airplane tried to return to the airstrip, but crashed in a forest.

Sources:
» Trois morts dans l'accident d'un avion petit porteur dans l'est de la RDC (AFP, 17-5-2007)
» Walikale : crash d’un avion, 3 morts (Radio Okapi, 17-5-2007)
» Final report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, pursuant to Security Council resolution 1698 (2006), report nr. S/2007/423


Photos

photo of Let L-410UVP CCCP-67106
CCCP-67106 was re-registered RA-67106 before moving to Africa in about 2003. It was registered TN-AHE in 2004.
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Map
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 Walikale Airstrip to Goma Airport as the crow flies is 136 km (85 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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