2002 Prestige Airlines Boeing 707 crash

On 4 July 2002 a Boeing 707-123B operated by Prestige Airlines and owned by New Gomair, crashed during an emergency landing at Bangui Airport. 28 people on board were killed and two survived.[1] The flight was bound to Brazzaville, but the crew decided to divert to Bangui when the landing gear had not retracted.

2002 Prestige Airlines Boeing 707 crash
The aircraft involved in the crash pictured in 1990, then operated by Liberia World Airlines
Date4 July 2002 (2002-07-04)
SummaryLanding gear malfunction
SiteGuitangola, near Bangui Airport, Bangui, Central African Republic
Aircraft typeBoeing 707-123B
OperatorPrestige Airlines
Flight originN'Djamena Airport, N'Djamena, Chad
DestinationMaya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Background edit

The international flight was carrying passengers and a load of onions and garlic from Chad to the Central African Republic. There were 17 Chadian passengers on board.[2] The Boeing belonged to a small airline New Gomair, owned by local businessmen, but was chartered by Prestige Airlines at the time of the accident.[2]

Crash edit

On final approach to Bangui, the aircraft descended until it contacted the ground. The crash occurred in clear weather at about 11:15 a.m. in the Guitangola neighborhood, two miles short of the Bangui Airport's runway.[3][4] The aircraft exploded upon touchdown, scattering wreckage and reportedly causing the roof of an empty house to collapse.[3]

The two survivors were engineer Laurent Tabako and a woman from Chad, both were admitted to a hospital.[2] According to Tabako, the engines stopped before landing and the crew may have dumped too much fuel before an emergency landing.[2] The witnesses reportedly did not hear the usual engine noise during the crash and saw no flames when the aircraft disintegrated.[2] The aircraft's flight recorder and voice recorder were recovered and an investigation was launched by the government of the Central African Republic.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Accident description". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "'Pilot error may have caused CAR plane crash'". Independent Online. July 7, 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Disabled Jet Crashes in Africa, Killing 23 as It Attempts to Land". The New York Times. Associated Press. 5 July 2002. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Many dead as plane crashes in Central Africa". The Irish Times. Agence France-Presse. 2002-07-04. Retrieved 2020-08-22.