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Last updated: 28 September 2021
Datum:Dienstag 8 Juni 2004
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-232 Srs. 2A
Fluggesellschaft:Gabon Express
Kennzeichen: TR-LFW
Werknummer: 1611
Baujahr: 1967
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 534-2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 18 / Insassen: 26
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 19 / Insassen: 30
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Libreville Airport (LBV) (   Gabun)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Libreville Airport (LBV/FOOL), Gabun
Flug nach:Franceville/Mvengue Airport (MVB/FOON), Gabun
Flugnummer: 221
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.

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The Gabonese government banned Gabon Express from operating because it had failed to insure its aircraft.


photo of HS-748-232-Srs-2A-TR-LFW
accident date: 08-06-2004
type: Hawker Siddeley HS-748-232 Srs. 2A
registration: TR-LFW
photo of HS-748-232-Srs-2A-TR-LFW
accident date: 08-06-2004
type: Hawker Siddeley HS-748-232 Srs.2A
registration: TR-LFW

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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