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Date:Friday 10 June 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Operated by:Transafrik
On behalf of:United Nations - UN
Registration: S9-BAS
MSN: 4472
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:51888
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D22A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lokichoggio Airport (LKG) (   Kenya)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:El Obeid Airport (EBD/HSOB), Sudan
Destination airport:Lokichoggio Airport (LKG/HKLK), Kenya
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.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MoT Kenya
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Heavy landing
Runway mishap

» Accident Prevention Bulletin 2004/2005 / Kenya Ministry of Transport Department of Air Accident Investigation


photo of Lockheed-L-100-30-Hercules-S9-BAS
accident date: 10-06-2005
type: Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
registration: S9-BAS
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accident date: 10-06-2005
type: Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
registration: N107AK

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 El Obeid Airport to Lokichoggio Airport as the crow flies is 1087 km (679 miles).

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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