Aid Workers Lost In Congo Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Tue, Sep 02, 2008

Aid Workers Lost In Congo Accident

Beech 1900 Contracted By Virginia-Based Company

As many as 17 people are feared lost after their Beechcraft 1900 turboprop crashed into a mountainside in eastern Congo Monday afternoon.

The New York Times reports the aircraft (similar to type shown below) was ferrying 15 aid workers with the United Nations and other organizations to Bukavu, when controllers lost radar contact with the aircraft as it was on approach to the airport.

Heavy thunderstorms were reported in the area at the time of the crash, and continued storms hampered initial rescue efforts. Rescuers were only able to confirm the plane had crashed Tuesday morning, when helicopter crews overflew the accident site about nine miles northwest of the Bukavu airport.

UN peacekeepers are now attempting to hike to the wreckage on foot, though they harbor little hope of finding anyone still alive.

"From the air, it definitely seems like there were no survivors," said Christophe Illemassene, a United Nations spokesman in Congo. "The wreckage was very much spread around, and there were no major structures left. This would mean a very strong impact into the mountain wall. This plane most likely slammed into the mountain."

The plane was operated by a contractor with Air Serv International, a Virginia-based nonprofit company the flies humanitarian workers. The victims of the accident were reportedly a mix of Congolese and foreign aid workers, and the plane's two-person flight crew.

The aircraft had taken off from Kisangani, according to a statement on the Air Serv Web site.

FMI: www.airserv.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.02.15: HeliExpo, UAL Pilot Warning, WWII Flyover, RAF Aids In WV

Also: Blue Angels, Fuel Taxes, Twirly Birds, Bell 429WG, Delta Selects GoGo It’s common for airlines to issue numerous safety notice to flight crews, but United Airlines issu>[...]

EASA Certifies Continental Motors’ CD-155 Engine For DA42 TDI

Now Approved For European Installation, FAA Certification Pending EASA has certified Continental Motors Group CD-155 hp Jet-A diesel engine option for installation in the Diamond t>[...]

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2014-2015 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), this may>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.15)

How Planes Work Need a great illustration of an airplane, clearly labeled, so you can explain -- again -- why planes stay up in the air? This is a good illustration; maybe they'll >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.15): Have Numbers

Used by pilots to inform ATC that they have received runway, wind, and altimeter information only.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC