Cargo plane crashes in dense forest, four people killed

Guillaume Normand

A Let L-410 cargo plane crashed shortly before arrival at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two pilots and two passengers were killed.

The plane, owned by the company Agefreco Air, was carrying out a domestic flight from Kalima-Kakungwa Airport (KLY) to Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (BKY), both in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 13, 2020. 

Air traffic control lost contact seven minutes before the expected landing time, as the aircraft crashed while approaching its destination airport. The wreckage was located near the boundaries of the Kahuzi Biega National Park, in a densely forested area of the South Kivu province. The four occupants died in the accident.

“The investigation will determine the cause of the accident. I share the pain with the grieving families and offer my deepest condolences,” said Theo Kasi, governor of South Kivu.

On October 11, 2019, the crash of an Antonov An-72 cargo plane operated by the Congolese Air Force near Punia in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed eight people. The aircraft was transporting logistical support for the president Félix Tshisekedi.

 

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