2021 Optimum Aviation Antonov An-26 crash

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2021 Optimum Aviation Antonov An-26 crash
El Magal Aviation Antonov An-26 MTI-1.jpg
An Antonov An-26, similar to the accident aircraft
DateNovember 2, 2021
SummaryUnder Investigation
SiteNear Juba International Airport, Juba, South Sudam
Aircraft typeAntonov An-26
OperatorOptimum Aviation
Flight originJuba International Airport, Juba, South Sudan
DestinationMaban Airstrip, Maban, South Sudan

On November 2, 2021, an Optimum Aviation Antonov An-26, registered as TR-NGT, crashed near the White Nile just after take-off from Juba International Airport, South Sudan.[1]


Optimum Aviation was founded in 1986 and performs Cargo and Charter flights and is headquartered in Juba, South Sudan.[2]


The flight was scheduled to carry 28 fuel barrels to Maban Airstrip.[1][3] After climbing from Runway 13 at 10:33 LT, the crew declared a Mayday emergency and after 5 minutes, the aircraft crashed near the White Nile. The plane exploded on impact likely due to a fuel ignition.[3] Rescue services arrived at the crash site and found no survivors. Per a witness, the runway had traces of fuel, consistent with a departing aircraft. However, the witness is not aware if it was of the accident flight.

See also[edit]

  • 2020 South West Aviation Antonov An-26 crash


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ranter, Harro. "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved November 2, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Optimum Aviation website". Optimum Aviation. Retrieved November 2, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hradecky, Simon. "Crash: Optimum AN26 at Juba on Nov 2nd 2021, lost height after takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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