Accident Ilyushin Il-76T S9-SAB, Monday 9 March 2009
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Date:Monday 9 March 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-76T
Registration: S9-SAB
MSN: 073410301
Year of manufacture:1977
Engine model:Soloviev D-30KP
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:10 km S off Entebbe Airport (EBB) -   Uganda
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN)
Destination airport:Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ/HCMM)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
An Ilyushin 76T cargo plane, registered S9-SAB, was destroyed when it crashed into Lake Victoria, shortly after takeoff from Entebbe Airport (EBB), Uganda. All four crew members and seven passengers were killed in the accident.
The IL-76 cargo plane was registered in Sao Tome and Principe as S9-SAB and operated by Aerolift Company of South Africa. It was chartered by Dynacorp International, an American company which had been contracted by the African Union peace keeping mission to Somalia, AMISON to provide logistical support.
At Entebbe the airplane was loaded with tents and water purification equipment, bound for Mogadishu, Somalia. The four crew members were Russians and the other seven persons included three senior military officers from Burundi, one Indian from Dynacorp, one South African from AMISON and two Ugandans.
At 05:06, the aircraft was cleared to take off by the Entebbe Airport Control Tower. At 05:12, the IL-76 got airborne from runway 17 and was instructed to contact Entebbe Area Control Centre (ACC). The aircraft never contacted the Entebbe ACC as instructed. At 05:14, the control tower again called the flight and there was no response. At about the same time, the tower controller observed a fire which was appearing from the aircraft engines.
The airplane struck the surface of Lake Victoria, broke up and burned.


02:00 UTC / 05:00 local time:
HUEN 090200Z 25005KT 9999 FEW018 FEW020CB OVC110 21/19 Q1016=
Wind 250 deg at 5 kts, few clouds at 1,800 ft., few clouds with cumulonimbus at 2,000 ft., overcast at 11,000 ft. Temperature 21 deg C, Dew point 19 deg C

03:00 UTC / 06:00 local time:
HUEN 090300Z 35005KT 9999 FEW018 FEW020CB BKN110 21/19 Q1016=
Wind 350 deg at 5 kts, few clouds at 1,800 ft., few clouds with cumulonimbus at 2,000 ft., broken clouds at 11,000 ft. Temperature 21 deg C, Dew point 19 deg C


Plane crashes into Lake Victoria, 11 feared dead (The New Vision, 9-3-2009)
Uganda Parliament meeting Tuesday, 31 March 2009


  • 21st worst accident in 2009
  • 14th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 10th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ); January 2004

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