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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Thursday 17 May 1962
Type:Lockheed C-130A Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-0546
C/n / msn: 3154
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 32 km W of Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO) (   Kenya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tripoli-Wheelus AB (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 AB to Nairobi-Embakasi Airport as the crow flies is 4513 km (2820 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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