Date & Time: Sep 1, 2008 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Kinshasa - Mbandaka - Kisangani - Bukavu - Goma
Democratic Republic of Congo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft departed Kinshasa on a humanitarian flight to Goma with intermediate stops in Mbandaka, Kisangani and Bukavu. While approaching Bukavu-Kamembe Airport, the crew encountered poor visibility due to bad weather conditions. At an altitude of about 10,800 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Kahuzi located some 15 km northwest of Bukavu. The wreckage was found a day later in a wooded area. All 17 occupants were killed, among them emissaries.
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew initiated the descent prematurely. The lack of visibility was a contributing factor.