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Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 27 January 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500CRF
Registration: 5X-FFD
MSN: 10530
First flight: 1976
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL) (   Kenya)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenya
Destination airport:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenya
A Fokker F-27 cargo plane sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL), Kenya. All four crew members sustained minor injuries.
The aircraft was conducting a post-maintenance test flight when the crew aborted the takeoff from runway 07. The aircraft overran the runway, went through the perimeter fence, collapsed the nose wheel, and ended up in a maize field.
The accident occurred during the second takeoff attempt after the first attempt was aborted.

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion

» Fly 540 plane crash-lands in maize field (Daily Nation 27-1-2011)


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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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