Date & Time: Jul 8, 2011 at 1511 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 727-100
Operator:
Registration:
9Q-COP
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinshasa - Kisangani - Goma
MSN:
18933/185
YOM:
1965
Flight number:
EO952
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
108
Pax fatalities:
72
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
77
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000
Aircraft flight hours:
52613
Circumstances:
Crew started the descent to Kisangani-Bangoka Airport in poor weather conditions with low visibility. On final approach, pilot did not have any visual contact with the runway but continue until the aircraft hit the ground some 1,000 meters short of runway 31. On impact, aircraft went out of control, veered to the right, exploded and disintegrated in a wooded area located to the right of the centerline. Five crew and 72 passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
In a preliminary report, DRC authorities pointed out the following elements:
- the flight crew misjudged weather conditions,
- the airline assigned unqualified/non-licensed crew to operate the Boeing 727-100 (the pilot's licence was not up to date),
- tower controllers were not licensed (two ATC's did not have a proper licence and above legal age)
- tower control staff was insufficient (six only for the complete roster),
- tower controllers provided erroneous/false weather data to flying crew,
- the airport authority lacked security plans,
- phonic records between tower control and crew were erased (destroyed) before the commission of inquiry can start any investigation.