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Last updated: 16 January 2022
Fecha:viernes 20 diciembre 1968
Hora:05:32 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operador:Kenya Police Air Wing
Registración: 5Y-ADI
Numéro de série: 13447
Año de Construcción: 1944
Horas Totales de la Célula:14794
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:2,2 km (1.4 milles) ENE of Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL) (   Kenia)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 1687 m (5535 feet) amsl
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenia
Aeropuerto de Llegada: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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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
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.

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