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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 19 July 2003
Time:ca 18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Ryan Blake Air Charter
Registration: ZS-OYI
C/n / msn: TC-349
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW-303G
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Kenya (   Kenya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenya
Destination airport:Samburu Airport (UAS/HKSB), Kenya
Narrative:
The Swearingen Metro plane, carrying 12 American tourists and two South African crew members, departed Nairobi-Wilson Airport at 15:58 for a flight to the Samburu national park. The flight plan was to allow the crew to fly round Mount Kenya before landing at a private airstrip in the game park.
The airplane crashed into the eastern slope of Point Lenana (16,450 feet), which is the third highest peak of Mount Kenya. The crash site was located approx. 450 feet below the snow-capped top. Debris scattered into the adjacent valleys of the peak, and then burnt throughout the night.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» SABC
» AP
» Sunday Nation


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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-Wilson Airport to Samburu Airport as the crow flies is 220 km (138 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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