Date & Time: Dec 30, 2006 at 0632 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo
Nairobi - Baidoa
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft departed Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport on a cargo flight to Baidoa, Somalia, carrying 3 crew members and a load consisting of 20 drums of fuel for the Somali interim Government in place in Baidoa, on behalf of the International Red Cross. Shortly after takeoff from runway 06, at a height of about 100 feet, the left engine lost power. The captain contacted ATC, declared an emergency and was cleared for an immediate return. After the engine was secured and the propeller was feathered, the crew initiated a turn when the aircraft lost height, collided with a power line and crashed onto a house, 3 minutes after takeoff. All three crew members were injured while no one was injured on ground.
Failure of the left engine during initial climb for undetermined reasons. Marginal weather conditions were considered as a contributing factor.