2021 Kin Avia Let L-410UVP-E crash

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2021 Kin Avia Let L-410UVP-E crash
DateJune 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)
SummaryCrashed to the ground, under investigation
Sitenear Kavumu Airport, Congo
Aircraft typeLet L-410UVP-E
OperatorKin Avia
Flight originKavumu Airport
DestinationShabunda Airport


A Let L-410UVP-E operated by Kin Avia crashed after takeoff from Kavumu Airport in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo on June 16, 2011. The flight, carrying 1.6 tons of sheet metal, was flying to Shabunda Airport in Shabunda Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1] The three occupants of the airplane, a Russian pilot, a Congolese copilot, and one passenger, were killed.[2][3] The aircraft was operating as a cargo flight,[4] and a cargo shift caused it to suddenly pitch up less than 30 seconds after takeoff and entered a full aerodynamic stall.[5] The aircraft struck the ground with a substantial vertical speed but with a nearly level attitude.[6] Another government source indicated that investigators would be looking into whether the aircraft was overloaded at takeoff.[7]

Rescuers found the pilot and the passenger dead when they arrived, and the copilot was in critical condition, but later died of his injuries.[8] They took the remains of the victims to the Pakistani United Nations camp near the site of the accident.[3]

The aircraft, registration 9S-GRJ was built in 1987 and originally operated by Aeroflot. It was purchased by Kin Avia in 2007.[6]

The accident led to calls for the modernization of the Kavumu airport by the Nouvelle Dynamique de la Société Civile (NDSCI), a Congolese citizens movement. The organization said that the accident was a symptom of what it called amateurism and complacency in the maintenance of aircraft at the airport.[9]


  1. Hradecky, Simon (24 Jun 2021). "Crash: Kin Avia L410 at Bukavu on Jun 16th 2021, lost height after departure due to load shift". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  2. "Plane crash in eastern Congo kills three, says governor". Reuters. 16 June 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Asala, Kizzi (17 June 2021). "DR Congo: Crash of small aircraft kills three people in South Kivu". Africanews.com. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  4. "ASN Aircraft accident Let L-410UVP-E 9S-GRJ Bukavu-Kavumu Airport". Aviation Safety Network. 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  5. "Kin Avia L410 at Bukavu on Jun 16th 2021, lost height after departure due to load shift". Aero Inside. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kaminski-Morrow, David (17 June 2021). "Congolese authorities probe fatal take-off crash involving L-410 freighter". Flight Global. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  7. {cite web | url = https://www.radiomaendeleo.info/2021/06/16/societe/kabare-trois-morts-bilan-du-crash-dun-avion-pres-de-kavumu/ | date = 16 June 2021 | accessdate = 20 July 2021 | title = Kabare : Trois morts, bilan du crash d’un avion près de Kavumu | lang = fr | work = Radio Maendeleo | last = Ombeni | first = Ricky}}
  8. Boasi, Melis. "Sud-Kivu : 3 morts dans un crash d'avion à Kavumu". Le Potentiel (in français). Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  9. "Crash d'avion/La NDSCI aux autorités : " L'élargissement et la modernisation de l'aéroport de Kavumu est une urgence" (Communiqué)". JamboRDC.info (in français). 17 June 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.

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