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Last updated: 16 January 2022
Datum:Freitag 20 Dezember 1968
Zeit:05:32 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Kenya Police Air Wing
Kennzeichen: 5Y-ADI
Werknummer: 13447
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:2,2 km (1.4 Meilen) ENE of Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL) (   Kenia)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenia
Flug nach:Wajir Airport (WJR/HKWJ), Kenia
The Kenya Police Air Wing Douglas C-47 was prepared for a supply run from Nairobi-Wilson Airport to police posts at Wajir and Mandera. The aircraft was loaded by unqualified personnel with a cargo consisting of beer, spirits, mineral waters and cigarettes.
At 05:30 UTC the flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 14. The aircraft was seen to climb in a left hand turn at a steep nose up attitude until it entered a patch of clouds at 600 feet. Next it was observed breaking through the clouds in descending spiral.
The angle of dive increased as the aircraft descended. It struck the ground in a near-vertical attitude, with both engines under power. The fuel tanks exploded blowing the centre section and outer wings clear of the cabin wreckage.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Following a take-off in an overloaded condition, and whilst flying in an attitude approaching the stall a load shift was experienced which caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft at a height from which recovery was impossible."

» ICAO Circular 96-AN/79


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Distance from Nairobi-Wilson Airport to Wajir Airport as the crow flies is 496 km (310 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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