Incident Summary:

03/15/2009: On Sunday, the owner of the Aerolift transport plane believes it was likely shot down with a missile. The Il-76 heavy-lift transport plane crashed into Lake Victoria on the night of 03/08/09. The plane was flying to Somalia from Entebbe Airport when it burst into flames and plunged into the lake shortly after take-off. It was operated by Aerolift and charterd by Dynacorp, an American company. Two Ugandans, a Burundian army general, his two senior colleagues, four Russian crew members, a South African and an Indian died in the crash. No group claimed responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The plane crashed into Lake Victoria in Kampala.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Aerolift
Specific Description The target was a Il-76 transport plane carrying military personnel and cargo bound for Somalia.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
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"BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, "Russia: Africa Plane Crash "Likely" Result of Missile Hit," LexisNexis Academic, ITAR-TASS News Agency, March 15, 2009."