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Cause of fatal 727 takeoff accident established
15 December 2004

The cause of the December 2002 crash of a UTA Boeing 727 at Cotonou, Benin which killed 140 people has been established. Due to improper (over)loading of the airplane the centre of gravity was too far forward. Investigators also cited serious insufficiencies of competence, organization and lawful documentation of UTA and the insufficent safety oversight of the Guinean aviation authorities. (BEA)