- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: October 19, 1986
Time: 19:21
Location: Near Komatipoot, South Africa
Operator: Government of Mozambique
Flight #: ?
Route: Lusaka - Maputo
AC Type: Tupolev TU-134A
Registration: C9-CAA
cn / ln: 63457
Aboard: 44   (passengers:35  crew:9)
Fatalities: 34   (passengers:26  crew:8)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed in the Lembombo mountains during a storm. President Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, killed. The aircraft descended below minima even though the crew did not have visual contact with Maputo. A GPWS warning was ignored and the plane hit high ground crashing onto a uphill slope. Navigational error. GPSW ignored. There is speculation that the plane was lured away from the correct flight path by a pirate radio beacon broadcasting on the same frequency as the Maputo Airport, disorienting the pilot.
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