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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Friday 11 May 1945
Time:ca 06:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
Operator:South African Air Force - SAAF
Registration: 6807
C/n / msn: 9879
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Kisumu (   Kenya)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kisumu Airport (KIS/HKKI), Kenya
Destination airport:Ndola Airport (NLA/FLND), Zambia
Narrative:
The C-47A transport plane was being ferried from Blackbushe, U.K. to Pretoria's Waterkloof Air Base in South Africa with intermediate stops at Istres, France; Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; Cairo, Egypt; Wadi Haifa, Khartoum, and Juba, Sudan; Kisumu and Ndola.
The airplane crashed into Lake Victoria immediately after takeoff.

Two months later, on July 11, 1945 another SAAF C-47 crashed under similar circumstances. In December 1942 a SAAF Lockheed Lodestar had also crashed into Lake Victoria on takeoff from Kisumu.
The cause of the accidents is currently thought to be the katabatic wind condition which often affects Kisumu in the early morning.

Sources:
» Peter Duby


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Distance from Kisumu Airport to Ndola Airport as the crow flies is 1576 km (985 miles).

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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