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Last updated: 17 September 2019
Status:Definitief
Datum:woensdag 18 mei 1955
Tijd:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-40-DK (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:East African Airways Corp. - EAAC
Registratie: VP-KKH
Constructienummer: 33568/16820
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:7199
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 16 / inzittenden: 16
Totaal:slachtoffers: 20 / inzittenden: 20
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Mount Kilimanjaro (   Tanzania)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tanzania
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nairobi-West Airport (WIL/HKNW), Kenia
Vluchtnummer: 104
Beschrijving:
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


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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
 

Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Dar es Salaam International Airport en Nairobi-West Airport bedraagt 669 km (418 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 3244e ongeval
  • 1150e dodelijk ongeval
  • 133e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 224e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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