News Listings for Scibe Airlift

  • Analysis of world airline accidents and incidents in 2007

    News | 08 Jan 2008 09:22 | David Learmount

    Global figures for commercial aviation crashes in 2007 show an all-time low of 23 fatal accidents. Even the number of fatal casualties, at 597, was well...
  • Kinshasa sees repeat of ground carnage after crash

    News | 05 Oct 2007 13:00 | David Learmount

    An Antonov An-26 freighter operated by El Sam Airlift crashed into houses near a market soon after taking off from Ndjili International airport at Kinshasa,...
  • Tyre failure caused Antonov loss

    News | 09 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>The crash of a military Antonov An-26 into a marketplace at Boende, Democratic Republic of Congo last month was caused by a tyre failure during the aircraft's second take-off attempt. All six crew, 14 of the 18 passengers and 13 people on the ground were killed when the Congolese air force aircraft, departing for Kinshasa, crashed into the market at the end of the 1,400m (4,600ft) runway. The aircraft was loaded with 670kg (1,480lb) of cargo. In 1996 a Scibe Airlift An-32 operated by Moscow Airways crashed into a marketplace in Kinshasa after an aborted take-off, killing 250 on the ground.</p>
  • Differences

    News | 11 Apr 2000 00:00

    <p>There is no longer any doubt that the safety standards between cargo and passenger operations are massively different - and the latest figures prove it. According to a study by the Netherlands National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), the most dangerous commercial aviation activity in the world is ad hoc cargo charter flying in Africa (Flight International, 14-20 March), which has a hull loss/fatal accident rate more than 11 times the passenger operator average. But even among major scheduled cargo operators in North America, the NLR study reveals, the accident rate is three times that for their passenger counterparts. </p> <p>There is now evidence that the problem starts with the national regulators, and that it is time for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to raise the standards of freight operations. </p> <p>The traditional explanations ventured for the differences are that freighters are, on average, older than their passenger fleets, and they are more often flow
  • Safety defeated

    News | 15 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>THE YEAR 1996 SAW the largest number both of airline fatal accidents and of fatalities on record. Other serious worries for the air-transport community highlighted by 1996 include the number of deaths on the ground caused by crashes - also the worst ever - and some compelling trends indicating that increased attention needs to be paid to the safety of freighter operations. </p> <p>Although the total number of fatal accidents, at 57, was only one more than that for the previous year, that 1995 figure had been the highest up to that point. Also significant is the fact that 20 of the crashes involved freight, positioning , or other non-passenger airline operations, a larger number than usual. Meanwhile fatalities, at 1,840, have exceeded the previous highest total of 1,801, which occurred in 1985. </p> <p>These increases confirm an upward trend in simple totals, which became established with the 1995 figures (Flight International, 17-23 January, 1996, P24), even though trends for rat
  • 1996 spawns worst-ever accident totals

    News | 15 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>Three grim airline accident records were set in 1996. Commercial passenger and cargo airlines worldwide suffered more fatal accidents, more onboard fatalities and, by a massive margin, more crash-caused deaths on the ground than ever before. This has established an already-emerging upward trend for the 1990s in the numbers of fatal accidents and fatalities. </p> <p>Excluding events caused by sabotage or hijack, airlines in 1996 suffered 57 fatal accidents and 1,840 fatalities, compared with 56 accidents and 1,213 casualties in 1995. The latter year had itself set the record for the highest number of fatal accidents. In 1985, the previous worst year for fatalities, there were 1,801 deaths in 39 accidents. </p> <p>If crashes caused by illegal interference with flights are included, 1985 remains the worst year, with 2,230 deaths against the 1996 absolute total of 1,968 fatalities. The difference is generated by the magnitude of the 1985 Air India tragedy, in which a Boeing 747 was br