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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Dienstag 18 November 1997
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
Fluggesellschaft:Cougar Cargo
Kennzeichen: EL-WVD
Werknummer: 45885/342
Baujahr: 1968
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (Q)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Mwanza Airport (MWZ) (   Tansania)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN), Uganda
Flug nach:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW), Tansania
The DC-8 cargo plane was being repositioned from Entebbe to Mwanza to collect 40 tons of frozen fish filets when crashed on landing.
Reportedly, the PIC had no type rating on the aircraft because Aeroservice Miami had stopped his training as they were not making any progress. The aircraft landed at night, although Mwanza was a daytime-operations only airport at the time. The airplane touched down on the left of the runway after doing 3 missed approaches. It slid down the grass sideways onto the runway, collapsed both main gears and separated the number 3 engine which came to rest on fire under the forward hold of the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Tanzania
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CAV/ACC/15/97
Download report: Preliminary report

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photo of DC-8-54F-EL-WVD
accident date: 18-11-1997
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
registration: EL-WVD
photo of DC-8-54F-4K-555
accident date: 18-11-1997
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F
registration: 4K-555

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 Entebbe Airport to Mwanza Airport as the crow flies is 280 km (175 miles).

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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