Aéroport de N'djili
|IATA: FIH – ICAO: FZAA
|Location||Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Elevation AMSL||1,027 ft / 313 m|
N'djili Airport (IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA), also known as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.
In 1998, N'Djili airport was the site of one of the decisive battles of the Second Congo War. Rebel forces advancing on Kinshasa infiltrated the airport perimeter but were repulsed by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila.
It served as a hub for Hewa Bora Airways until its demise in 2011.
The airport has barely been maintained or upgraded and is still using the infrastructure built by the Belgians during the colonial era. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years.
Airlines and destinations
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Addis Ababa|
Accidents and incidents
- On 18 August 1968, Douglas DC-3D 9Q-CUM of Air Congo was destroyed by fire.
- On 28 August 1984, Vickers Viscount 9Q-CPD of Zaire Aero Service crashed after takeoff.
- On 15 April 1997, a Douglas DC-3 was hijacked at N'djili Airport. There were six to eight hijackers.
- On 26 July 2002, in the 2002 Africa One Antonov An-26 crash, 9Q-CMC was written off without fatalities
- On 4 October 2007, Antonov An-26 9Q-COS of Africa One crashed shortly after take-off from N'djili Airport, killing at least 51 people and injuring a further 30.
- On 2 January 2010, Boeing 727-231F 9Q-CAA of Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway.
- On 21 June 2010, Hewa Bora Airways Flight 601, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9Q-COQ burst a tyre on take-off. Hydraulic systems and port engine were damaged and the nose gear did not lower when the aircraft returned to N'djili. All 110 people on board escaped uninjured. The airline blamed the state of the runway for the accident, but investigators found no fault with the runway.
- On 4 April 2011, a Canadair CRJ-100ER 4L-GAE of Georgian Airways operating under an UN mission as flight 834 from Bangoka International Airport, Kisangani to Kinshasa missed the runway on landing at Kinshasa. The aircraft subsequently broke into pieces and caught fire. Only one survivor is reported out of 29 passengers and 4 crew. The airport was experiencing torrential rain, thunderstorms and low visibility at the time.
Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at Kinshasa International Airport
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- Accident history for FIH at Aviation Safety Network
- Airport information for FZAA at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for FZAA at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for FZAA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.