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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 31 August 2014
Time:ca 19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
Operator:Safari Express Cargo
Registration: 5Y-SXP
C/n / msn: 10681
First flight: 1985
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 552-7R
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:near Kogatende (   Tanzania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW), Tanzania
Destination airport:Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Kenya
Narrative:
A Fokker F-27 cargo plane, registered 5Y-SXP, was destroyed in an accident in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. All three occupants sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft took off at 13:35 hrs local time (10:35 UTC) from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya for a charter flight to Buzwagi Gold Mine in Tanzania with a planned intermediate stop at Mwanza then back to Nairobi. It was carrying two pilots and a load master with four tons of explosives for mining.
At 19:26 hours the flight took off from Mwanza for an empty flight back to Nairobi. At 19:33 hours the crew contacted the Dar es
Salaam Area Control Centre and reported climbing through FL105 to FL170, estimating PARIN at 20:11 and Jomo Kenyatta 20:39.
While cruising at FL169 the airplane was observed to be losing height and speed irregularly while going down. It disappeared from the Nairobi radar after passing FL146 at a speed of 430 kts.
The burnt wreckage was found the following morning.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Status: Investigation ongoing
Duration: 15 days ()
Accident number: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Sources:
» Standard Digital


Photos

photo of Fokker F-27 Friendship 500 OE-ILW
the aircraft was sold as 5Y-SXP in May 2012.
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
03 JUN 1985 PH-EXN Fokker first flight
OCT 1985 N505AW Air Wisconsin delivered
07 AUG 1987 N505AW Air Wisconsin Left wing struck a light post during taxi at La Crosse, WI
11 OCT 1991 N505AW Airwings Inc. registered
11 OCT 1991 N505AW Airwings Inc. registered
29 OCT 1991 OE-ILW Alpenair bought
AUG 1992 OE-ILW Amadeusair bought
FEB 1995 OE-ILW City-Jet bought
JUL 1995 OE-ILW Amerer Air bought
24 OCT 2011 N19KK 19th Hole Inc. registered
MAY 2012 5Y-SXP Safari Express Cargo delivered

Map
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 Mwanza Airport to Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the crow flies is 459 km (287 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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