A Congolese jetliner carrying around 85 people failed to take off from an airport today, crashing at high speed into a busy market neighbourhood at the end of the runway, officials said. Dozens killed as Congo plane crashes - Africa, World - The Independent Some of the aircraft crashes in Congo since 1996. The list isn't exhaustive. _ April 15, 2008: A DC-9 fails to leave the ground on takeoff and crashes into a residential neighborhood at the end of the runway in the eastern town of Goma with around 85 passengers and crew aboard. Casualty figures vary widely, but the tragedy leaves dozens dead. _ Oct. 4, 2007: An Antonov 26 cargo plane crashes into a Kinshasa neighborhood shortly after takeoff, killing at least 50 people. _ Sept. 7, 2007: An Antonov 12 plane lands into a chunk of hardened lava at an airport in eastern Congo, bursting into flames and killing at least eight people. Officials say it landed too far down the runway to stop in time. _ Aug. 26, 2007: Fourteen people die when an overloaded Antonov 12 plane crashes in the eastern region of Katanga. Officials say it was flying with about 3 tons over the recommended capacity. _ Aug. 3, 2006: An Antonov 28 crashes into a mountain and then tumbles into a valley in eastern Congo, killing all 14 passengers and its three Ukrainian crew members. _ July 7, 2006: Five people die when an Antonov crashes in Congo's eastern mountains. _ April 27, 2006: A cargo plane carrying telecom equipment crashes in eastern Congo, killing as many as eight passengers and crew on board. _ Oct. 4, 2005: An Antonov 12 aircraft carrying 100 Congolese army troops crash lands in eastern Congo. Two soldiers die and five are seriously wounded. _ Sept. 5, 2005: A cargo plane hits a palm tree as it tries to land near the eastern Congo town of Isori, killing seven people aboard the Antonov 26 plane. _ May 25, 2005: An Antonov 12 crashes shortly after takeoff near Bunyakiri, a village in eastern Congo, killing all 26 people aboard. _ May 5, 2005: An Antonov 26 hits a treetop as it lands near the central Congo city of Kisangani and slams into the ground, killing 10 of 11 people aboard. _ Nov. 29, 2003: A military plane plows into a crowded market at the end of a runway as it fails to take off from the central city of Boende. Twenty of the 24 people aboard the twin-engine Antonov 26 die, along with 13 people on the ground. _ May 8, 2003: The rear door of a cargo plane bursts open at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet), hurling dozens to their deaths while others survive by clinging to the plane as it returns to the airport in the capital, Kinshasa. More than 100 were presumed dead in the Ilyushin 76 accident. _ Dec. 14, 2001: Six people, including senior rebel officials, die when an LET 410 aircraft goes down in bad weather in rebel-held northeastern Congo. _ Aug. 23, 2001: An Antonov 28 owned by Agefreco Air loses power and crashes into eastern Congo's jungle, killing four people _ Aug. 12, 2000: A plane carrying 21 passengers and six crew members crashes after technical problems kept it from landing in the city of Tshikapa in Congo's diamond-mining region. Thirteen bodies are recovered from the wreckage of the Antonov 26; others were never found. The plane's pilots and some of its owners were Ukrainian. _ April 20, 2000: Six Rwandan army officers and four Russian crew members die when the plane they were traveling in crashes on takeoff in southern Congo. _ Feb. 8, 1999: A private plane hired by the military to fly supplies to northwestern Congo crashes shortly after takeoff, killing all eight people on board. _ Sep. 12, 1997: A plane carrying 20 people to a religious meeting crashes in the Minembwe mountains, killing all on board. _ June 6, 1997: A passenger plane flown by Bazair Airline crashed near the northeastern town of Irumi, killing all 30 people aboard, including the owner of the company. State television said a cabin fire apparently caused the crash. _ Jan. 8, 1996: An Antonov 32 turboprop crashes seconds after takeoff from Kinshasa's airport, skidding across a busy street and plowing into a crowded open-air market, killing about 300 people. Source. Last week, the European Union added Congo's Hewa Bora Airways to a list of aviation companies banned from flying in the 27-nation bloc over safety concerns. I can't imagine why. Congo makes Zambian Scareways (an airline I've flown with on occasion) look positively robust.