Crashed planes by the runway – N’djili International Airport, Boulevard Lumumba, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The airport was inaugurated in 1959, mainly used as a secondary hub for SABENA until 1960 when the Democratic Republic of the Congo became independent, then became a major hub for Air Congo.
In 1998, one year after Zaire was renamed to its current name, the Democratic Republic of Congo, 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 repelled by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila.
In June 2015, a new international terminal was opened which can service one million passengers per year. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years, although corruption remains a problem.