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Accident description
Last updated: 19 August 2016
Status:FIN
Date:Wednesday 22 August 2012
Time:12:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E9
Operator:Mombasa Air Safari
Registration: 5Y-UVP
C/n / msn: 912627
First flight: 1991
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ngerende Airstrip, Masai Mara Game Reserve (   Kenya)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ngerende Airstrip, Kenya
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Let L-410UVP passenger plane, operated by Mombasa Air Safari, crashed at the Ngerende Airstrip in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
The aircraft had taken-off from Mombasa-Moi International Airport (HKMO), with an intended flight plan to Ukunda, then Amboseli Airstrip, then proceed to Ngerende Airstrip, Mara North, Olkiombo (HKOK), Mara North, Ukunda Airport (HKUK) and finally return to Mombasa. After the first leg to Amboseli Airstrip, It landed at Ngerende Airstrip at 12:11, disembarking 6 passengers. The aircraft then took off from Ngerende Airstrip with 13 souls on board, 2 crew and 11 passengers, after a short stopover.
The airplane veered left and impacted terrain 310 meters from the end of runway 28.
Two pilots and two passengers died. Three passengers sustained serious injuries. The other six passengers sustained minor injuries.
It appeared that the Fuel Control Unit of the nr. 2 engine was contiminated. The prop was feathered.


Conclusions:
- LH engine was most probably not developing power at the time of impact
- LH engine propeller was most probably in feather at the time of impact
- Both CVR and FDR were unserviceable at the time of the accident
- AAID was unable to determine origin of contaminant found in LH engine FCU
- Sufficient oversight was not exercised over the Operator
- High turnover of the Operator’s staff

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Two pilots die in Mara plane crash (Standard Digital, 22-8-2012)
» Four dead in Mara plane crash (The Nation, 22-8-2012)

Official accident investigation report
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investigating agency: Air Accident Investigation Division of Kenya (AAID) - Kenya
report status: Final
report number: Final report
report released:12 June 2014
duration of investigation: 1 year and 10 months
download report: Final report

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