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Angolan Civil War

Zambian Air Force

NAME                                           VICTORIES       UNITS                          COMMENTS

unknown                                            1                                          1.

  1. A TAAG Angola Airlines Yak-40 passenger plane crashed near Matala in Angola, killing all 19 on board.
    Flight International reports that the airplane operated on a domestic flight from Jamba (JMB) to Lubango (SDD). Angolan authorities reported to ICAO that flight took off at 15:15. At 15:32 the aircraft went down when it was hit following 'actions by a foreign aircraft'. The airplane then crashed near Matala, killing all 19 on board.
    Since Matala is located at some 155 km east of Lubango, it seems more likely that the accident flight was routed from Lubango to Jamba.
    Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Yak-40 may have been shot down by a Zambian Shenyang J-6 (MiG-19) fighter plane.
  • Shenyang J-6: Chinese-built version of the Soviet MiG-19 'Farmer' fighter aircraft / Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-19

Air-to-Air Victories

Date Time Unit Aircraft Pilot Weapon Victim Air Fprce Place
8th June 1980 15:32   J-6 unknown 30 mm Yak-40FG
C/n 9721753
TAAG Angola Airlines near Matala

Yakovlev Yak-40, TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola
Yakovlev Yak-40, TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola.

Sources & Literature
  1. Criminal Occurrence description, AviationSafetyNetwork,
  2. Lednicer, David: Intrusions, Overflights, Shootdowns and Defections During the Cold War and Thereafter,
  3. List of airliner shootdown incidents, WikipediA - The Free Encyclopedia, List_of_airliner_shootdown_incidents.
  4. Sestřely civilních letadel,,


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