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Datum:Samstag 19 Dezember 1942
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-08-01 Lodestar
Fluggesellschaft:South African Air Force - SAAF
Kennzeichen: 248
Werknummer: 18-2057
Baujahr: 1941
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 12
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:13 km (8.1 Meilen) vom Land entfernt von Kisumu Airport (KIS) [Lake Victoria] (   Kenia)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Kisumu Airport (KIS/HKKI), Kenia
Flug nach:?
Unfallbericht:
Crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Kisumu Airport (KIS). The airplane came down in Kavirondo Gulf, Lake Victoria. It appeared that the undercarriage could not be raised after takeoff because of an electrical failure in the under-carriage safety lock circuit.
The Lodestar was returning to South Africa from Cairo, Egypt.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The combined difficulties of endeavouring to raise the under-carriage and maintain height and speed with a fully loaded aircraft during a night take-off under unfavourable flying conditions gave rise to an error of judgement in which the pilot allowed the aircraft to fly into the water".

Informationsquelle:
» Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums
» 85 years of SAAF / by Winston Brent
» The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson


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