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Last updated: 17 September 2019
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 18 mai 1955
Heure:12:25
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-40-DK (DC-3)
Compagnie:East African Airways Corp. - EAAC
Immatriculation: VP-KKH
Numéro de série: 33568/16820
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Heures de vol:7199
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 16 / à bord: 16
Total:victimes: 20 / à bord: 20
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Mount Kilimanjaro (   Tanzanie)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 4633 m (15200 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tanzanie
Aéroport de destination:Nairobi-West Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kénya
Numéro de vol: 104
Détails:
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) at an elevation of 15200 feet.

Probable Cause:

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."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: Commission of Inquiry
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 57 days (2 months)
Accident number: 20/55
Download report: Final report


Photos

photo of Douglas-C-47B-VP-KKH
accident date: 18-05-1955
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: VP-KKH
photo of Douglas-C-47B-VP-KKH
accident date: 18-05-1955
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: VP-KKH
photo of Douglas-C-47B-VP-KKH
accident date: 18-05-1955
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: VP-KKH
photo of Douglas-C-47B-VP-KKH
accident date: 18-05-1955
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: VP-KKH
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Dar es Salaam International Airport et Nairobi-West Airport est de 669 km (418 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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Douglas DC-3

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