2017-07-29 CAVOK Antonov AN-74 overran runway at Sao Tome

2017-07-29 CAVOK Antonov AN-74 overran runway at Sao Tome

2017-07-29 CAVOK Antonov AN-74 overran runway at Sao Tome


Whilst doing an aborted take-off, the aircraft ran beyond the end of the runway where it fell down an embankment and was damaged beyond repair. All six crewmembers survived with injuries.


Carrying six crewmembers the An-74 was performing its takeoff run in favorable weather on runway 29 at Sao Tome when at some point one or multiple birds collided with the aircraft.

At least on of it was ingested in the right hand engine #2. Apparently this prompted the pilots to abort the take-off, but the remaining runway was not long enough for the jet to come to a stop.

The aircraft went beyond the end of the runway and across downsloping terrain when its nose impacted an earth mound short of the airport perimeter road. The AN-74 finally cme to rest about 30 meters behind the end of the runway. Only one crewmember was able to escape the aircraft without injury.

The aircraft was badly damaged and is likely to be considered a hull loss.

The accident aircraft was on a return flight to Europe after it arrived at Sao Tome from Stavanger (Norway), Luxemburg and Ghardaia (Algeria).

The only runway at Sao Tome is 2,160 meters (7,087 ft) in lengh and has only limited overrun capabilities.

METAR: Sao Tome Airport (FPST):

03/01/2017 10:00->
FPST 291000Z 14013KT 9999 FEW025 SCT040 27/21 Q1015 NOSIG=
03/01/2017 12:00->
FPST 291200Z 23004KT 9999 FEW020 OVC040 28/21 Q1014 NOSIG=



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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Antonov An-74
Registration: UR-CKC
Age a/c: 25.2 years
Constr. No.: 36547095905

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  6 0 0  6
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  5 0 0 5


Date: 2017-07-29 Time: 09:30
Location: FPST TMS Sao Tome
Country: Sao Tomé
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: hull los

Flight no.: 
From: FPST/TMS: Sao Tome To: 0000/: NONE
Type: Cargo
Operator: Cavok Air

JACDEC 30-year Statistics :

  • 3rdh safety occurence for the operator
  • 12th safety occurence of type (AN74)
  • 1st safety occurence at Sao Tome Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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