Accident Cessna 404 Titan 5Y-EJS, Thursday 3 December 1987
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Date:Thursday 3 December 1987
Time:16:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 404 Titan
Owner/operator:Cooper Skybird Air Charters
Registration: 5Y-EJS
MSN: 404-0232
Fatalities:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Kishwati -   Rwanda
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Goma, Zaire
Destination airport:Nairobi, Kenya
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A Cessna 404 Titan operated by Cooper Skybird Air Charters was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Kishwati, Rwanda, killing all 14 on board.

The purpose of the flight was described in the media as a "photo safari" regarding mountain gorillas in Zaire (now D.R. Congo). But at the obituary and the eulogy for the funeral of one of the scientists on board, Prof. Mary A. Slater, it was made clear that the excursion was most basically a research trip.

AP wire service reports in various US newspapers.


  • 31st worst accident in 1987
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Jan-2011 15:35 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2015 10:19 Larry Anderson Updated [Embed code]
16-Apr-2015 06:40 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Aug-2015 08:08 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]

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