Let L-410 burns out at Bukavu, DRC, after on board fire

Narrative:
A Let L-410UVP-E3, 9S-GFA, burnt out at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, D.R. Congo.
The aircraft was carrying 1600 kgs of cargo bound for Lulingu, D.R. Congo. Local media reports suggest that a fire developed on board the aircraft after takeoff. The pilots reportedly returned to Kavumu Airport and evacuated from the aircraft.
The fire quickly engulfed the cabin of the aircraft and fire services were not able to contain the fire. The aircraft burned out completely.

Local media websites reported that the aircraft was operated by ‘Agefreco’. This company does not have an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in D.R. Congo. Fleet lists suggest the aircraft was owned instead by Doren Air Congo.

Sources:

» radiookapi.net
» russianplanes.net
» Soviet Transports

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Distance from Bukavu-Kavumu Airport to Lulingu Tshionka Airport as the crow flies is 139 km (87 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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