Tyre failure caused Antonov loss

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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.