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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Date:Thursday 7 May 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operator:Southern Gateway
Registration: 3D-DRV
MSN: 2302
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Vaalwater (   South Africa)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Durban International Airport (DUR/FADN), South Africa
Destination airport:Bulawayo Airport (BUQ/FVBU), Zimbabwe
The Antonov departed Durban on a flight to Harare via Bulawayo. En route at FL130 electrical problems behind the captain's seat caused smoke on the flight deck. An emergency descent was carried out, followed by an emergency forced landing on a small grass strip near Vaalwater. The left wing struck a tree and the nose gear collapsed.
The operator is also quoted to have been "Air Pass", "AMAP" and "Gama Air" .

Inflight smoke
Forced landing outside airport

» ICAO Adrep (ICAO File : 98001260)
» Scramble
» Werner Fischdick


photo of Antonov-An-32B-RA-26223
accident date: 07-05-1998
type: Antonov An-32B
registration: RA-26223

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 Durban International Airport to Bulawayo Airport as the crow flies is 1128 km (705 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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