ASN logo
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 31 August 2014
Time:ca 19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
Operator:Safari Express Cargo
Registration: 5Y-SXP
MSN: 10681
First flight: 1985-06-03 (29 years 3 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 552-7R
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kogatende (   Tanzania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW), Tanzania
Destination airport:Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Kenya
A Fokker F-27 cargo plane, registered 5Y-SXP, was destroyed in an accident in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. All three occupants sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft took off at 13:35 hrs local time (10:35 UTC) from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya for a charter flight to Buzwagi Gold Mine in Tanzania with a planned intermediate stop at Mwanza then back to Nairobi. It was carrying two pilots and a load master with four tons of explosives for mining.
At 19:26 hours the flight took off from Mwanza for an empty flight back to Nairobi. At 19:33 hours the crew contacted the Dar es
Salaam Area Control Centre and reported climbing through FL105 to FL170, estimating PARIN at 20:11 and Jomo Kenyatta 20:39.
While cruising at FL169 the airplane was observed to be losing height and speed irregularly while going down. It disappeared from the Nairobi radar after passing FL146 at a speed of 430 kts.
The burnt wreckage was found the following morning.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Status: Investigation ongoing
Duration: 15 days ()
Accident number: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report
Language: English

» Standard Digital


photo of Fokker-F-27500-OE-ILW
accident date: 31-08-2014
type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
registration: OE-ILW

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
3 June 1985 PH-EXN Fokker first flight
Oct. 1985 N505AW Air Wisconsin delivered
7 Aug. 1987 N505AW Air Wisconsin Left wing struck a light post during taxi at La Crosse, WI
11 Oct. 1991 N505AW Airwings Inc. registered
11 Oct. 1991 N505AW Airwings Inc. registered
29 Oct. 1991 OE-ILW Alpenair bought
Aug. 1992 OE-ILW Amadeus Air bought
5 Nov. 1993 OE-ILW Amadeus Air right main gear collapse on landing Bergamo-Orio Al Serio Airport, Italy
Feb. 1995 OE-ILW City-Jet bought
July 1995 OE-ILW Amerer Air bought
24 Oct. 2011 N19KK 19th Hole Inc. registered
May 2012 5Y-SXP Safari Express Cargo delivered
31 August 2014 5Y-SXP Safari Express Cargo crashed near Kogatende, Tanzania

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 Mwanza Airport to Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the crow flies is 459 km (287 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.
languages: languages


Fokker F-27

  • 786 built
  • 178th loss
  • 90th fatal accident
  • 66th worst accident
» safety profile

  • 8th worst accident (at the time)
  • 9th worst accident (currently)
» safety profile

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2022 Flight Safety Foundation

701 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 250
Alexandria, Virginia 22314