Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo AF-319, Tuesday 27 April 1993
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Date:Tuesday 27 April 1993
Time:22:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo
Owner/operator:Zambian Air Force
Registration: AF-319
MSN: 69
Year of manufacture:1975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:off Libreville Airport (LBV) -   Gabon
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Libreville Airport (LBV/FOOL)
Destination airport:Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ/DIAP)
Narrative:
The Zambian national football team had to play a World cup qualification match against the Senegal national team. In order to transport the team and officials to Dakar, a Zambian Air Force plane was prepared. The DHC-5 Buffalo, AF-319, had not been flying from December 21, 1992 to April 21, 1993 so test flights were carried out on April 22 and April 26. On April 26 both the A and B checks were carried out revealing certain defects such as carbon particles in the engine and in speed decreased gearbox oil filters, disconnected or unbridled cables and trace of heating. The Buffalo departed Lusaka, for Dakar with planned intermediate stops at Brazzaville, Libreville and Abidjan. After refuelling at Libreville, the aircraft took-off at 22:44 hours, one hour and 45 minutes late. Shortly afterwards the left engine failed. The plane headed out over sea and lost altitude until it struck the water 500 m offshore. An investigation conducted by the Gabonese Ministry of Defence suggested that the pilot shut down the remaining right-hand engine causing the plane to lose all power. The report, released in November 2003, also said that the pilot was tired, having just flown back from Mauritius the previous day.

Sources:

Air Safety Week 3 May 1993 (p.5)
Flight International 6-12 April 1993 (p.35)
The Post (Lusaka)

Statistics

  • 16th worst accident in 1993
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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