January 5, 1999 |
For 10 days, U.N. staff members have waited with anger and frustration to find out the fate of 10 colleagues aboard a plane that crashed in Angola. Both sides in the African nation's civil war have refused to stop fighting long enough to allow rescuers to reach the crash site. Over the weekend, a second aircraft with U.N. personnel was reported shot down over Angola, and their fate also remains uncertain.
December 29, 1998 |
U.N. workers in Angola have picked up an SOS from a U.N. plane that crashed near a war zone in the central highlands, raising hopes for survivors, a spokesman said Monday. U.N. spokesman Hamadoun Toure said the United Nations is pressing the government and the rebel group UNITA to call a cease-fire and allow rescuers to reach the downed craft. "This may be our last chance to rescue innocent U.N. peacekeepers," Toure said by phone.
November 16, 2000 |
At least 40 people aboard a Soviet-built Antonov 24 airplane were killed when it slammed into a field and exploded shortly after takeoff from the international airport in Luanda, Angola's capital. It was the second Antonov to crash in the southwest African country in less than three weeks. The plane was on a domestic flight to Namibe, about 420 miles south of Luanda. An Antonov 26 crashed Oct. 31, prompting an order grounding all Antonov aircraft.
December 27, 1998 |
A U.N. aircraft with 14 people on board reportedly crashed Saturday in Angola in an area where the government's army has been fighting UNITA rebels, a U.N. spokesman said. There was no word on whether any of the 10 passengers and four crew members had survived. There also was no immediate information on the cause of the crash. Most of the passengers were members of the U.N. Observer Mission, said deputy U.N. spokesman Monoel de Almeida e Silva.
November 2, 2000 |
A charter plane burst into flames minutes after takeoff, crashing into a remote jungle in a key diamond-mining region, Angolan authorities said. All 48 people aboard were killed, reports said. The cause of Tuesday evening's crash was not immediately known. The Antonov-26 had just left the northern town of Saurimo, 500 miles east of Luanda, the capital, when the plane exploded into a fireball, Civil Aviation Director Branco Ferreira said.
August 9, 1988
President Quett Masire of Botswana and an aide were slightly injured when an engine on the presidential jet exploded in flight, forcing an emergency landing in southeastern Angola. Masire and seven aides were flying to the Angolan capital of Luanda for a meeting of southern African heads of state when the right engine of the twin-engine, British-made executive jet exploded and fell off the aircraft, a presidential spokesman said.