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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 13 August 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
Registration: 5Y-BVF
C/n / msn: 10627
First flight: 1982-02-17 (26 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) from K-50 Airport (   Somalia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Kenya
Destination airport:K-50 Airport, Somalia
The F-27 took off from Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) at about 02:30 hours for K50 Airport in Somalia. On board were the captain, first officer and an engineer plus 5.4 tons of khat.
Estimated time of arrival at K50 was 04:50 hours.
Witness reports indicate that K50 was that day experiencing the worst weather in decades. Cloud base was reported to be low with heavy fog. The aircraft is reported to have circled the airport for a few minutes before it impacted a 60 m communication mast about 3 Km from the airport. This impact sheared off part of one mainplane. The aircraft then crashed 50 m ahead in an open field. All on board perished. There was no fire.

Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Accident Prevention Bulletin 2008 / Kenya Ministry of Transport Department of Air Accident Investigation


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to K-50 Airport as the crow flies is 964 km (602 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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