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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 19 December 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-08-01 Lodestar
Operator:South African Air Force - SAAF
Registration: 248
C/n / msn: 18-2057
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) off Kisumu Airport (KIS) [Lake Victoria] (   Kenya)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kisumu Airport (KIS/HKKI), Kenya
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
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".

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

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


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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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