Date & Time: Sep 5, 2015 at 1812 LT
Ouagadougou - Dakar
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine aircraft left Ouagadougou Airport at the end of the afternoon on an ambulance flight to Dakar-Léopold Sédar Senghor Airport with one patient, one doctor, two nurses and three crew members. For unknown reason, the aircraft continued its route over the Atlantic Ocean and eventually crashed into the sea some 111 km west of Dakar at 1812LT. One week after the accident, the wreckage was not localized and no trace of the aircraft nor the seven occupants was found. There were on board three Senegalese, two Congolese, one Algerian and one French citizen, the patient. About one week after the accident, the National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology (ANACIM) of Senegal mentioned that the accident may have been caused by a collision near the VOR of Tambacounda with a Ceiba Intercontinental Boeing 737-800 registered 3C-LLY. En route from Dakar to Cotonou, the 737 was cruising at FL350 when the collision occurred. For unknown reason, the crew of the 737 changed his route and continued to Malabo instead of landing on the nearest airport according to Senegalese Authorities. As Tambacounda is located more than 600 km east of the presumed crash site, the question is asked about the exact circumstances of a possible inflight collision. On September 18, following investigation from the French BEA, it was confirmed in a written report transmitted by the Ceiba Captain that the collision occurred at FL340 and that he did not sea the HS125 prior to the accident and after the collision. He decided to divert to Malabo where a ground control of the B737 was performed. It is believed that the damages were very limited. Development will follow.