ASN Aircraft accident Let L-410UVP-E9 5Y-UVP Ngerende Airstrip, Masai Mara Game Reserve
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 22 August 2012
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
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft 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:?
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 no. 2 engine was contaminated. The prop was feathered.

Probable Cause:

- 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

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

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


photo of Let-L-410UVP-E9-5Y-UVP
accident date: 22-08-2012
type: Let L-410UVP-E9
registration: 5Y-UVP
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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