ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed C-130A Hercules 56-0546 Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO)
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Date:Thursday 17 May 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130A Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-0546
MSN: 3154
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 32 km W of Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO) (   Kenya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base (MJI/HLLM), Libya
Destination airport:Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO/HKNA), Kenya
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.

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