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Datum:maandag 24 juli 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2
Registratie: 5Y-CMC
Constructienummer: 1032
Bouwjaar: 1976
Motoren: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 10
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 11
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Nyeri Hills (   Kenia)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Samburu Airport (UAS/HKSB), Kenia
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenia
The aircraft departed Samburu at 08:30 for a 50-minute flight to Nairobi and climbed to an altitude 8500 feet.
Along the route there was a heavy build up of stratus clouds with scattered cumulonimbus sprouting out of the top. The clouds seemed to extend from 2 000 feet up to 11 000 feet and more and the pilot decided to fly below the clouds and continue VFR. He then realized that the weather was deteriorating very rapidly and within the next minute or two the visibility had been reduced to a few yards. Realizing the proximity to the ground, the pilot applied full power and initiated a climb. A hill appeared ahead and the aircraft crashed into the trees in a nose-up attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of this accident was that the pilot flew VFR in IMC weather at a very low altitude, thereby flying blindly into a hill."

» ICAO Circular 166-AN/105 (95-100)


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Samburu Airport en Nairobi-Wilson Airport bedraagt 220 km (138 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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