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Rift Valley

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver near Naivasha: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 12, 2021
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-BCL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nairobi - Lodwa
MSN:
1552
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport on a flight to Lodwa, carrying two passengers and one pilot. The goal of the mission was locust invasion monitoring. En route, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in the hilly Jerusalem area of Ndabibi near Naivasha. One people was killed while two other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Marsabit: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 20, 2021
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-JKN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
208B-0688
YOM:
1998
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
In the morning, the single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances on the slope of a mountain near Marsabit, while on a cargo flight. Both pilots were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Maji Moto

Date & Time: Sep 11, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-CDH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
208B-0608
YOM:
1997
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Maji Moto, Rift Valley. All three occupants escaped with various injuries and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E9 in Ngerende: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 22, 2012 at 1220 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-UVP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Amboseli – Ngerende – Mara North – Ukunda – Mombasa
MSN:
91 26 27
YOM:
1991
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
7480
Captain / Total hours on type:
1150.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
312
Circumstances:
This was a commercial non scheduled flight which was being operated for air transport for local flights. The operator is based in Mombasa and mostly executes passenger flights to the Masai Mara and other game parks and reserves within the Republic of Kenya. On 22nd Aug 2012, the aircraft was scheduled to carry out a flight to the Masai Mara, do several sectors to pick and drop passengers and return to Moi international Airport via Ukunda Airport. The call sign was 5Y-UVP. The last point of departure was Ngerende Airstrip in the Masai Mara at 0917 with intention of onward flight to Mara North airstrip in the Masai Mara. The flight had earlier left Amboseli Airstrip with two crew, and 17 passengers for Ngerende Airstrip. 6 passengers had disembarked at Ngerende and the remaining 11 passengers were continuing to other destinations. No additional passengers or cargo was picked up from Ngerende airstrip. No refueling was done at the airstrip. The airfield is an unmanned airfield, with crew executing unmanned airfield communication procedures to execute approach and landings and also during takeoff. There is however a ground time keeper and a fueling bay at the airfield. Due to terrain and prevailing winds at the time of the flight, Runway 28 was in use. The crew was using unmanned airfield procedures and after the drop-off of 6 passengers, the aircraft lined up runway 28 and proceeded with the take off run. Ground staff at the airstrip reported a normal takeoff run and rotation. During the initial climb, the ground staff still had the aircraft in sight and reported to have seen the aircraft veer sharply to the left and then disappear behind terrain. Shortly afterwards, a loud sound was heard followed by dust in the air. Emergency SAR was initiated with the airport and hotel staff rushing to the accident site. The location of the accident was about 310 meters from the threshold of Runway 10, offset 30° to the left of the extended center line Runway 28. GPS coordinates (figure 1.2) 01.084189° S, 35.1781127° E, Ngerende airstrip. The accident occurred at 0917 UTC on 22nd Aug 2012, during daytime.
Probable cause:
The following findings were identified:
- The left engine was most probably not developing power at the time of impact,
- The left engine propeller was most probably in feather at the time of impact,
- Both CVR and FDR were unserviceable at the time of the accident,
- AAID was unable to determine origin of contaminant found in the left engine Fuel Control Unit,
- Sufficient oversight was not exercised over the Operator,
- High turnover of the Operator’s staff.
Final Report:

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E9 in Kichwa Tembo

Date & Time: Jan 12, 2012 at 1955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-BSA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kichwa Tembo – Musiara
MSN:
89 23 23
YOM:
1989
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was returning to Mombasa with a scheduled stop in Musiara to pickup 15 additional passengers. On departure from Kichwa Tembo, there were four passengers and two pilots on board. During the takeoff roll from runway 08, the aircraft hit a bump half way down the runway and bounced. The aircraft hit a second bump shortly later and as the crew heard the stall alarm, he decided to reject takeoff. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, lost its nose gear and came to rest 300 metres further. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-5D Buffalo in Lokichoggio

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
5Y-OPL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
84
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Lokichoggio Airport, the airplane banked right, causing the right propeller and the right wing to struck the runway surface. The aircraft slid for few dozen metres before coming to rest. There were no injuries while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the right main gear was stuck in its wheel well because the door was blocked.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E9 in Kichwa Tembo

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2008 at 0820 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-VVB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
96 27 04
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll, the copilot noticed abnormal parameters on the right engine and a possible failure. The captain confirmed and rejected the take off procedure. The twin engine aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining runway 08, overran, collided with a termite mound and came to rest 140 metres further on. All 13 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12BP in Lokichoggio

Date & Time: Nov 1, 2006 at 1344 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9L-LFQ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nairobi – Lokichogio
MSN:
2 4 005 02
YOM:
1962
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on runway 27 at Lokichoggio Airport, the aircraft bounced three times then landed firmly. Upon impact, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid on its nose before coming to rest about 100 metres before the runway end. All nine occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew who completed the approach with an excessive rate of descent, causing the aircraft to land hard and to bounce three times. The high g loads upon impact caused the nose gear to collapse.

Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12 II in Marsabit: 14 killed

Date & Time: Apr 10, 2006 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
KAF132
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Nairobi - Marsabit
MSN:
0098
YOM:
2000
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Aircraft flight hours:
1032
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Moi Air Base in Nairobi on a flight to Marsabit, carrying a delegation of the Kenyan Government including two ministers. They were flying to Marsabit as part of a mediation mission between communities in dispute, in particular over grazing rights and water points. On approach to Marsabit Airport, the crew encountered poor visibility due to low clouds when the aircraft crashed on the slope of a hill located few km from the airport. Three passengers were seriously injured while 14 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew continued the approach at an unsafe altitude in marginal weather conditions.

Crash of a Lockheed L-382G-32C Hercules in Lokichoggio

Date & Time: Jun 10, 2005 at 1459 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
S9-BAS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Obeid – Lokichoggio
MSN:
4472
YOM:
1972
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
19800
Captain / Total hours on type:
15000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
14225
Aircraft flight hours:
51888
Circumstances:
A HS-748 suffered landing gear problems, causing the airplane to end up on its belly, blocking Lokichoggio's single 1800-metre runway 09/27. Three other light aircraft, a Dornier 228, an Antonov 28 and a Cessna 208, landed safely at the airfield on runway 27 after the HS-748 accident. Two Antonov 12 aircraft inbound to Lokichoggio from Torit, Southern Sudan, diverted to Juba upon getting information of the runway obstruction. Transafrik Hercules S9-BAS, flying for the United Nations World Food Programme, contacted Lokichoggio Tower at 14:30 hours. The aircraft was returning from a food air drop at Motot, Southern Sudan. The pilot was advised to divert to Eldoret International Airport but he opted to land at Lokichoggio. The Tower cleared the Hercules to land on runway 27 at the pilot’s discretion. The aircraft made a very heavy landing short of the runway and the top centre fuselage broke. The aircraft came to a stop about one kilometre from the touchdown point. Shortly before coming to a halt, the aircraft impacted the HS 748 with its right wing tip. The captain, the first officer, the flight engineer and the two loadmasters evacuated themselves safely. A repair crew started to work on S9-BAS on site at Lokichoggio in May 2006. The fuselage was repaired but the contractor left before repairs were completed. The airplane was seen in November 2008 parked at Lokichoggio without landing gear, engines and vertical stabilizer.
Probable cause:
The probable cause of the Hercules accident was the captain’s improper decision to land on the blocked runway at Lokichoggio Airport.
Final Report: