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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Datum:Donnerstag 17 Mai 1962
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130A Hercules
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 56-0546
Werknummer: 3154
Baujahr: 1958
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 32 km W of Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO) (   Kenia)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base (MJI/HLLM), Libyen
Flug nach:Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO/HKNA), Kenia
Crashed into mountain in poor weather. The C-130 carried support personnel and equipment for the recovery team of the Aurora 7, the second American manned orbital flight.
Reportedly he C-130 was in a holding pattern at about 11,000 over the Ngong (GG) NDB and had just started the west bound leg of the holding pattern when being cleared for the approach to Nairobi Airport. At that time the crew started the descent on the west bound leg of the holding pattern and when turning back to the east he descended below the MEA for that sector.

» Hal Maynard (E-mail 3-11-2013)


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Distance from Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base to Nairobi-Embakasi Airport as the crow flies is 4513 km (2820 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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