Date & Time: Oct 14, 2017 at 0830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Antonov AN-26
Operator:
Registration:
ER-AVB
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
3204
YOM:
1975
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Abidjan-Félix Houphouët-Boigny Airport, while climbing in marginal weather conditions, the airplane stalled and crashed on a beach before coming to rest in shallow water. Six occupants were rescued while four crew members were killed, among them both pilots, all Moldovan citizens. The crew was performing a special cargo flight on behalf of the French Army, carrying materials intended to the 'Barkhane' anti-terrorist operation. Weather conditions were poor at the time of the accident with thunderstorm activity, rain falls and strong winds. It was also reported that the accident occurred during landing. Development will follow.