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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Date:Saturday 25 October 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP
Operator:Mango Airlines
Registration: 9Q-COT
MSN: 831023
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:7187
Engines: 2 Walter M-601D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,7 km (2.3 mls) NW of Shabunda Airport (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY/FZMA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Shabunda Airport (FZMW), Democratic Republic of the Congo
A Let L-410UVP turboprop aircraft was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Shabunda Airport, D.R. Congo. Both pilots sustained serious injuries.
The airplane had departed from Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY) about 13:41 and operated on a domestic cargo flight to Shabunda with 1500 kg of cargo on board. After an uneventful flight the aircraft was configured for the final approach to Shabunda. During the approach the flight crew noticed a loss of power on engine no.2. The pilots were not able to resolve the issue. As the engine power as well as airspeed had dropped to a dangerously low level, the captain decided to make a forced landing in a palm tree field.
The aircraft stalled and impacted the ground 2 nautical miles from the runway.

Probable Cause:

Probable Causes: Human Factor
- Inadequate application of procedures and inappropriate emergency manoeuvres in accordance with the regulations to the emergency landing of the aeroplane ;
- Loss of control during a forced landing followed by a stall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 268 days (9 months)
Accident number: BPEA/ACCID/06/2014
Download report: Final report

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
12 May 1983 CCCP-67395 Aeroflot, Kazakhstan delivered
30 March 1989 CCCP-67395 Kirovograd Flight School delivered
1993 UR-67395 Ukraine State Flight Academy
8 August 2005 9Q-CET Free Airlines registered
24 April 2009 9Q-COT private owner delivered via Larnaca, Cyprus to DRC

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 Bukavu-Kavumu Airport to Shabunda Airport as the crow flies is 168 km (105 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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