Accident Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain TL-ASB, Friday 12 January 1996
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Date:Friday 12 January 1996
Time:10:06 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Registration: TL-ASB
MSN: 31-7852054
Year of manufacture:1978
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Morouba -   Central African Republic
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bangui M'Poko International Airport, Bangui, Central African Republic
Destination airport:Koumbala, Ferkessédougou Department, Savanes Region, Ivory Coast
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Crashed near Morouba, about 38 km from Bambari, Ouaka, Central African Republic. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and post impact fire when it crashed during an attempted forced landing. The accident happened in daylight (10:06 Local time) and in fine weather during a charter flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Koumbala, Ivory Coast

About an hour after take-off, whilst en route at FL070, the pilot reported that he had a problem with one engine and was diverting to Bambari. However, 13 minutes later, with the aircraft flying over wooded but generally flat terrain, he broadcast a distress call and said that he was about to crash. The aircraft was subsequently found about 38 km from Bambari. All ten persons on board (pilot and nine passengers) were killed.

The initial impact had been on the left wing tip and the propellers of the left engine. It is understood that, on impact, the right propeller had been in the feathered position. The cowl flaps on the right engine were found 'jammed' in the half open position while those on the left were found closed.


1. Encyclopedia of African Airlines by Ben R. Guttery (p.33)
Hamburger Abendblatt 13 January 1996

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
02-Mar-2015 13:09 Chieftain Updated [Country]
30-Apr-2015 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2015 00:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Sep-2017 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature]
10-Oct-2017 19:05 TB Updated [Time, Location, Source]
11-Oct-2017 16:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
04-Mar-2018 15:00 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]

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