CEM Air - Accidents and Incidents

Accidents and Incidents

CemAir suffered two hull losses in 2008 with aircraft leased out to 3rd parties, one in the Sudan and the other in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • On 2 May 2008 a CemAir owned Beechcraft 1900, registered in Kenya and operated by Kenyan based Flex Air Cargo was flying from Wau to Juba, Sudan when it crashed near Rumbek killing all nineteen passengers and two crew. Among the passengers were two senior officials of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army and their wives.
  • On 1 September 2008 an Air Serv leased nineteen passenger Beechcraft 1900C crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 15 km northwest of Bukavu carrying two crew and fifteen passengers. The aircraft, wet leased and flown by crew from CemAir, then based at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg South Africa, was arriving at Bukavu following technical service at N'Dolo Airport, Kinshasa. The aircraft was under the command of 24-year-old Rudi Knoetze of Johannesburg when it crashed into a mountainous ridge. Passengers included twelve Congolese, one French, one Indian, and one Canadian.

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