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Seven killed in Angola plane crash

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Post by Bell 407 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:59 am

Seven killed in Angola plane crash

Luanda - All seven passengers and crew were killed when a plane bound for the Angolan capital Luanda crashed in a remote corner of the country, emergency services said on Friday.

The Brazilian-built Embraer aircraft operated by Air Guicango crashed on Thursday after taking off from Dundo in the northeast near the Congolese border, said fire brigade chief Felismino Ndumba.

"The aircraft left Dundo at 16:58pm (1558 GMT) for Luanda. We lost contact shortly after take off," Ndumba told AFP by phone.

"Despite our efforts we haven't had any contact with the aircraft since then. There were seven people aboard including a Portuguese national and a South African."

A government source told the Lisbon-based news agency Lusa that the Portuguese victim was a 39-year-old firefighter.

The flight is thought to have crashed into a lake just south of Cuilo municipality, according to Ndumba.

"It is impossible that there were any survivors," he said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown but the fire chief said that the aircraft had recently suffered "malfunctions".

Two military helicopters were dispatched to the region to locate the wreckage and the victims' bodies, according to air force spokesperson Francisco Waianga.

Angola has a poor air safety record and all of the oil-rich African country's airlines are banned from operating within the European Union except for the flag-carrier TAAG

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Post by Bell 407 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:00 am

Guicango E120 near Dundo on Oct 12th 2017, engine failure, fire, missing aircraft found

An Air Guicango Embraer EMB-120, registration D2-FDO performing a charter flight from Dundo to Luanda (Angola) with 4 passengers and 3 crew, was enroute about 15 minutes into the flight when the crew declared emergency reporting an engine (PW118) failure followed by fire. About 20 minutes after departure radio contact was lost, the aircraft did not land on any airport in reach of the aircraft. The aircraft was found the following day, there were no survivors.

Angola's Air Force initiated a search involving several helicopters. On Oct 13th 2017 one of the helicopters spotted the wreckage but did not find any survivors. Two helicopters have been dispatched to the wreckage site.

Portugal's government confirmed the aircraft crashed about 20 minutes after departure from Dundo killing a Portugese citizen on board of the aircraft.

Angola's Accident Investigation Board GPIAA reported the aircraft was found 320km/173nm from Dundo. The aircraft had departed Dundo at 16:58L (15:58Z). About 15 minutes after departure from Dundo the crew reported problems with the aircraft, an engine failure followed by fire. Around the position of the aircraft there was adverse weather.

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Post by Raffles » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:45 pm

R.I.P. :rip2:


Strange, there are airfields in the area but I also remember looking at the weather and there was alot of activity over Angola.



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Post by great dane » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:33 pm

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