(Posted 07th November 2022)
Search and rescue teams yesterday turned their operation into a recovery mission after they found the missing LET410, owned and operated by Goma Express, Eastern Congo in thick forest.
The aircraft went missing a few days ago but could not be located until the 05th November when the emergency locator beacon could be traced and only yesterday did rescue teams manage to get on site.
The Ugandan pilot and his passenger were both found dead on site amid the burnt debris of the crash.
The aircraft, registered as 9S-GPK, MSN 861701, had its first flight in 1986, i.e. 36 years ago. It was enroute from an airport in Kasese / Congo to Goma on a cargo mission but crashed some 115 kilometres short of the flight destination.
(Goma Express LET 410 9S-GPK file photo)
Weather was said to have been very poor enroute, perhaps a contributing factor for the crash, but the unfolding air accident investigation will no doubt have to dig deep to find the cause of the accident.