Date & Time: Jan 24, 1954
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Butiaba – Entebbe
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The American writer Ernest Hemingway and his wife Mary were completing a safari in the region of the Muchison Falls in Uganda when their Cessna 180 registered VP-KLI hit a utility pole and crashed in a field on January 23. As they were wounded, it was decided to transfer them to Entebbe and a DH.89 of East African Airways was chartered. While taking off from Butiaba Airstrip, the Dragon exploded and crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were seriously injured and burned.
The exact cause of the mishap remains unclear.