Doren Congo L410 at Bukavu on Aug 13th 2020, aircraft impacted forest on approach

Last Update: August 17, 2020 / 19:45:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 13, 2020

Classification
Crash

Aircraft Registration
9S-GEN

Aircraft Type
Let L-410 Turbolet

ICAO Type Designator
L410

A Doren Air Congo Let L-410 on behalf of Ste Agefreco, registration 9S-GEN performing a freight flight from Kalima to Bukavu (DR Congo) with 2 passengers and 2 crew, reported on approach to Bukavu about seven minutes prior to estimated landing and about 15nm from the airport around 15:30L of Thursday (Aug 13th 2020 13:30Z), however, did not arrive at the airport. An immediate search for the aircraft remained unsuccessful due to fog in the area.

A MONUSCO flight arriving at about the same time reported they did not see anything of the missing aircraft.

On Aug 14th 2020 the governor of South-Kivu (including Bukavu) reported the aircraft, according to the airport a Ste. Agefreco aircraft, crashed about 3nm west of Bukavu's Kavuma Airport in dense forest just about 495 meters outside the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. There are no survivors.

A local reported the aircraft appears to be a Let L-410. There is no official word on the aircraft type involved.

In the afternoon of Aug 14th The Aviation Herald received information the aircraft involved was a L410 tailnumber 9S-GEN, it had been chartered by Agefreco. The aircraft was carrying medical supplies for the Covid-19 pandemic and had not been permitted to carry passengers, but carried non-authorized passengers. (Editorial note: Photos up to February 2020 taken in Kinshasa (DR Congo) - being the last photo available - as well as databases identify the aircraft as Kin Avia).

On Aug 16th 2020 the chief pilot of Kin Avia reported (and provided evidence) that 9S-GEN had been operated by Kin Avia until October 2019 and was subsequently sold to Doren Air Congo.

On Aug 16th 2020 The Aviation Herald received word that the aircraft came to rest about 8nm from the airport just south of Mount Kahuzi (extinct volcano 3,317 meters/10,883 feet high).

There is no evidence of a currently active airline "Ste Agefreco" or "Agefreco Air". An airline "Agefreco Air" had existed between 1988 and 2007 but ceased operations following a number of accidents. Dr Congo's Ministry of Finances lists an individual in Bukavu under "managed tax payers" for a period ending Dec 2017 with the subtitle "Agefreco". An unverified additional information suggests Agefreco owns two cargo planes with a capacity of 2 tons each (no type or tail numbers listed).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 13, 2020

Classification
Crash

Aircraft Registration
9S-GEN

Aircraft Type
Let L-410 Turbolet

ICAO Type Designator
L410

This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
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