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Old 28th Apr 2006, 16:03   #1 (permalink)
 
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Van down in the Congo

Heard a van went down in the congo, and it's not the convair incident.

any one with more info.

thanks
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Old 28th Apr 2006, 16:38   #2 (permalink)
 
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VAN WHENT DOWN IN CONGO

YES I HEARD ON THE RADIO TODAY ON MY FLIGHT TO ENTEBBE THE ATC ARE LOOKING FOR A VAN BETWEEN BUNIA AND BENI.BUT I COULD NOT GET THE CALL SIGN. Anybody with more news?
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Old 28th Apr 2006, 18:13   #3 (permalink)
 
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Correct plane is:

ZS-ADL / UN???? / C208b

Plane is missing since this morning
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Old 28th Apr 2006, 22:11   #4 (permalink)
 
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VAN Missng in DRC

UN in Democratic Republic of Congo have said a UN WFP Cessna Caravan 208 callsign UN43W, ZS-ADL operated by King Air Sevices in Lanseria, went missing near Beni-Wageni in Eastern, DRC. Not to sure how many people aboard but two ZA pilots confirmed. Search continues tomorrow...
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 01:21   #5 (permalink)
 
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Caravan one or Caravan two? Know some boys flying a Reims 406 Caravan 2 up that way.
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 09:32   #6 (permalink)
 
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Any more news on this accident - hope all okay with crew and pax ?.
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 10:02   #7 (permalink)
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From Belga "A plane transporting communication material crashed in the east of DRC, making at least seven dead, while another aircraft with on its board three people was reported missing in the same area. The accident of the first plane that left Kisangani to Goma, close to the Rwandan border, occurred Thursday evening. All the occupants, five passengers and the members of crew - of which the number is estimated at two or three perished in the accident, indicated Billy Bilamekaso Tchagele, spokesman of the Mission of UNO in democratic Republic of Congo (Monuc)."
Another day of aviation in Congo-Kinshasa
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 12:28   #8 (permalink)
 
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SAR on going.. No further news.
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 13:29   #9 (permalink)
 
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Just spoke to a Major in the UN peacekeepers up here and he says they've recieved reports of an a/c being shot down... Don't know if its the van or the convair. Also I must stress it's not confirmed or anything, just info from locals apparently so it cant be taken as gospel.

Thoughts with the families and those guys missing

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Old 29th Apr 2006, 13:51   #10 (permalink)
 
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How this newspaper reports it

Second SA plane missing in the DRC
April 29 2006 at 12:36PM By Louis Oelofse
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click...8B214&set_id=1
A South African registered plane has gone missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), only a day after two South African Pilots were killed when their plane crashed.
Peter Smerdon, spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Saturday the search for the South African plane chartered by them was continuing.
"They resumed the search this morning but nothing was found yet," he said.
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Contact with the Caravan light plane with two crew members and one passenger was lost early on Friday morning after taking off from Goma in the Eastern DRC. It was flying to Bunia.
A search for the missing plane was being co-ordinated by the UN Mission in the DRC.
The Pretoria News On Saturday quoted unnamed sources as saying the possibility that the plane was shot down was being investigated.
A spokesman for the owners of the plane confirmed that they heard the rumour but said it was difficult to determine exactly what happened.
The plane was flying to Bunia
On Friday the governor of the Maniema region, Koloso Sumaili, described what happened.
Meanwhile the South African Civil Aviation Authority was still waiting on Saturday for permission from the Congolese authorities to travel to the country and investigate the crash. "We heard nothing from the Congolese," spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said. - Sapa
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 14:38   #11 (permalink)
 
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Some big gomos on the Goma-Bunia track.
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 16:08   #12 (permalink)

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found on the web
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...5944281C491203


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Old 29th Apr 2006, 19:44   #13 (permalink)
 
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UN43W/ZS-ADL is missing since yesterday....... still no (good) news.....I do Hope that the SAR crew will find the A/C ASAP in order to cut down all stupid extrapolations and rumors heard today in DRC.........

I do hope that crew and pax are safe in this dangerous area
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Old 29th Apr 2006, 20:06   #14 (permalink)
 
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SAMOSA

thanks for keeping us up to date, they are agreat guys and personal friends so let's all hope for the best out come.

ps check your pm

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Old 30th Apr 2006, 06:16   #15 (permalink)
 
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Still missing??

Does anyone have any more info about the van in the congo?
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Old 30th Apr 2006, 06:21   #16 (permalink)
 
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Missing Van in the Congo

Does Anybody have any more info?
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Old 30th Apr 2006, 08:12   #17 (permalink)
 
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copilot

Hi guys.

The copilot is a friend of mine, french and canadian he left his chief flight instructor job in Montreal to get some turbine time with King Air Services.

He has a wife and two kids....

The plane has been localised in a forest and it looks like a crash... more infos are expected later as they'll send people on the ground but it can take time through that jungle.

Let's keep finger crossed!
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Old 30th Apr 2006, 08:42   #18 (permalink)
 
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Ever left the UK??

Quote:
Originally Posted by SASKATOON9999
What is it with flying in the Congo?
It seems that an aircraft goes down almost on a weekly basis. I can only immagine that maintanence and training in all areas, is a serious issue. How bigger part does corruption play?
Aircraft crash in the DRC not becuase of maintancence issues or crew training. Most of the crews flying in these types of area's are some of the most experienced pilots you will ever meet!! They fly in the worst conditions thinkable and can pole an aircraft like aces. They crash becuase of bad terrain, huge mountains and very bad weather!!

Your comment takes a lot away from all the people involved in such areas.
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Old 30th Apr 2006, 09:34   #19 (permalink)
 
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Agreed

Our thoughts go out to the families, friends, collegues and to the crews themselves.
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Old 30th Apr 2006, 10:16   #20 (permalink)
 
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pray and fingers crossed

Hey guys,

Also look at
http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223772

Fingers crossed for a good outcome.
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