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Gulfstream IV N2SA

Accident Case Study




Photo: N2SA, from Aircraft Crashes Record Office.

Accident Report

  • Date: 12 February 2012
  • Time: 1300
  • Type: Gulfstream GIV
  • Operator: Katanga Express
  • Registration: N2SA
  • Fatalities: 2 of 2 crew, 2 of 10 passengers
  • Aircraft Fate: Damaged beyond repair
  • Phase: Landing
  • Departure Airport: Goma Airport (FZNA), Congo Democratic Republic
  • Destination Airport: Bukavu-Kavumu Airport (FZMA), Congo Democratic Republic


[NTSB Preliminary DCA12WA037] On February 12, 2012 at about 1120 UTC, a Gulfstream, GIV, registration N2SA, operated by Trident Aviation of Wilmington, Delaware, crashed at Bukavu-Kamenbe Airport (BKY), Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The domestic private flight departed Kinshasa with an intermediate stop at Goma to enplane passengers and to refuel. During the landing at BKY, the airplane overran the runway, went down an embankment and came to rest in a ravine. Of the 12 persons on board, there were four fatalities, including the pilot, copilot and two passengers. The airplane was substantially damaged and there was no fire.

Probable Cause

[Aircraft Crashes Records Office] Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew. Aircraft landed 1,200 metres after the runway threshold. Runway is 2,000 metres long.

From photos it appears the reversers are out and the flaps are down at least partially. We don't know where the 1,200 meters down the runway claim comes from. Add to all that, we don't know what caused the pilots to land long. It is obvious there is much for us to learn from this crash, but the NTSB has not been forthcoming with anything more than the statement of facts.


Aircraft Crashes Record Office, Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, (B3A), Geneva, Switzerland

NTSB Preliminary Information, DCA12WA037, Gulfstream G-IV, N2SA, Bukavu, Congo, February 12, 2012

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