Accident Lockheed 18-08-01 Lodestar 248,
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Date:Saturday 19 December 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed 18-08-01 Lodestar
Owner/operator:South African Air Force - SAAF
Registration: 248
MSN: 18-2057
Year of manufacture:1941
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:13 km off Kisumu Airport (KIS) [Lake Victoria] -   Kenya
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Kisumu Airport (KIS/HKKI)
Destination airport:
Crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Kisumu Airport (KIS). The airplane came down in Kavirondo Gulf, Lake Victoria. It appeared that the undercarriage could not be raised after takeoff because of an electrical failure in the under-carriage safety lock circuit.
The Lodestar was returning to South Africa from Cairo, Egypt.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The combined difficulties of endeavouring to raise the under-carriage and maintain height and speed with a fully loaded aircraft during a night take-off under unfavourable flying conditions gave rise to an error of judgement in which the pilot allowed the aircraft to fly into the water".


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