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Crash of a Boeing 737 from Air Guinee Express at Freetown

On August 11, 2004 about 1425 UTC, Guinea registry 3X-GCM, a Boeing 737-200 airplane, operated by Air Guinee Express, overran the runway during takeoff and collided with terrain at Freetown International Airport-Banjul, Sierra Leone. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. There were two flight crewmembers, five cabin attendants, and 119 passengers aboard. There aircraft was substantially damaged, and there was no fire.



The aircraft was on takeoff from runway 12 when the accident occurred. During the takeoff roll, about 1400 meters from the end of the runway, the aircraft veered left onto the grass embankment. The pilot continued the takeoff, but he was unable to get airborne. Thereafter during the ground run, the right main gear collapsed followed by the separation of the number two engine and right wing.



The occupants evacuated the aircraft, and an undetermined number of passengers were injured during the evacuation.