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Accident description
Last updated: 18 July 2018
Date:Sunday 7 April 2013
Time:ca 16:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C-1
Operator:Sahel Air Service
Registration: ZS-PHL
C/n / msn: UC-74
First flight: 1989
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:14,5 km (9.1 mls) off São Tomé Island Airport (TMS) (   Sao Tome and Principe)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Ondangwa Airport (OND/FYOA), Namibia
Destination airport:São Tomé Island Airport (TMS/FPST), Sao Tome and Principe
A Beechcraft 1900 reportedly crashed at sea, some 14 km off São Tomé Island Airport (TMS). The wreckage of missing plane has not been found as of April 16.
There was one pilot on board.
The airplane operated on a ferry flight from Lanseria, South Africa, to Bamako, Mali. En route stops were planned in Ondangwa, Namibia, São Tomé and Principe and Accra, Ghana. There was a thunderstorm in the area as the airplane was descending towards São Tomé.
The plane had still not been traced by mid-May 2013. The fatality index is presumed.

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photo of Beechcraft 1900C-1 TR-LFP
TR-LFP moved to ZS-PHL in April 2004
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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 Ondangwa Airport to São Tomé Island Airport as the crow flies is 2259 km (1412 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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