Narrative:East African Flight EC104 departed Dar es Salaam (DAR) at 10:39 for the last leg of a flight to Nairobi (WIL). Last position report was at 11:56 when the pilot reported over Lake Jipe in visual flight on top of the clouds at FL105. Nothing more was heard from the flight. The wreckage was found on May 22, 1955 on the south-east slope of Mawenzi (one of the two peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro).
|Date:||Wednesday 18 May 1955|
|Operator:||East African Airways Corp. - EAAC|
|C/n / msn:|| 16820/33568|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Total airframe hrs:||7199|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16|
|Total:||Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tanzania|
|Destination airport:||Nairobi-West Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenya|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's decision to proceed on the direct track to Nairobi, and this consideration is not affected even if he intended to divert in the vicinity of Kilimanjaro. The meteorological conditions were marginal and his first mistake occurred in not discussing the weather with the meteorological forecaster. Had he done so he might well have decided to proceed via Tanga, although in making this decision he might have been influenced by the fact that there were no specific instructions regarding an alternate route. It must be remembered, however, that he was fairly new in the Corporation and he might have thought it impolite to depart from normal practice."
Official accident investigation report
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 Dar Es Salaam International Airport to Nairobi-West Airport as the crow flies is 669 km (418 miles).