Serve Air Cargo 737 Landing Accident at Kinshasa

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A Serve Air Cargo Boeing 737-300 freighter has suffered substantial damage during a landing accident at Kinshasa N’Djili Airport on 5 May 2024.

The serve air cargo freighter had been conducting an approach to RWY24 Kinshasa N’Djili International Airport (FIH) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Serve Air Cargo Kinshasa

In the early stages of descent, the aircraft’s left-hand engine failed and flight crew shut the engine down. The aircraft continued with its descent and approach to RWY24.

On landing, the aircraft veered to the right and exited the runway side. The aircraft came to rest on soft ground and suffered substantial damage as a result.

Both engines suffered substantial damage with the right-hand engine detached from the wing.

The left-hand engine was crushed during the subsequent runway excursion. The nose and right main landing gear collapsed during the event.

Airport operations were suspended while the aircraft was towed from its landing position. No injuries were reported in the landing accident.

Boeing 737-300 9S-AKK

The aircraft conducting the cargo flight into Kinshasa was a Boeing 737-300 freighter, registered 9S-AKK. This is a 32.9-year old converted freighter aircraft belonging to the carrier serve air cargo.

The aircraft has been in service with the operator since 29 November 2020. It is served with a series of cargo operators since its original delivery in June 1991.

9S-AKK has subsequently been written off as a result of the landing accident.

Serve Air Cargo is a cargo airline based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It primarily focuses on domestic freight services within the DRC, but also offer charter flights.

Here’s a quick summary about Serve Air Cargo:

  • Established in 1993.
  • Operates a mixed fleet of turboprop, widebody and narrowbody aircraft for its short-haul flight services.
  • Recently added a Boeing 737-800 freighter to its fleet in order to modernize.

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