Incident Summary:

12/15/2001: A helicopter was shot down by National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels outside of Uige, Angola. 24 people were killed in the crash.

GTD ID:
200112150004

When:
2001-12-15

Country:
Angola

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Uige

City:
Near Uige

Location Details:
This incident occurred outside of Uige.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Jose Transtur Travel Agency
Specific Description Jose Transtur Travel Agency Helicopter outside of Uige, Angola
Nationality of Target Angola
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in a Jose Transtur Travel Agency Helicopter outside of Uige, Angola
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The helicopter, chartered by Jose Transtur travel agency, was on a flight between the northern provincial capital of Uige City and Angola's capital Luanda. Among the victims were two senior officials from Uige province
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Owners of crashed helicopter in Bengo say it was shot down by UNITA," RTP Internacional Television, December 17, 2001.
"Angolan helicopter crash kills 40," The Independent, December 18, 2001.
"Death Toll in Angola's Helicopter Crash Down," Xinhua General News Service, December 18, 2001