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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200497
Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Date:21-OCT-2017
Time:07:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3)
Owner/operator:Flex Air Charters
Registration: 5Y-NMJ
C/n / msn: 8231
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Lake Nakuru -   Kenya
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Nakuru
Destination airport:Mau Narok
Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Narrative:
A helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru, shortly after departure from a hotel at Nakuru, Kenya.
There were no survivors.
Wreckage of the aircraft was recovered from the lake the 17 Nov 2017.
It was established that the pilot-in-command was not fit to fly since the toxicological results indicated he used alcohol. The level of alcohol concentration was excess the required limit of 0.04 per cent.

Probable Cause
The investigation findings revealed that the accident was attributed to collision with the water due to loss of situation awareness by the pilot who was under the influence of alcohol. The pilot failed to recognize the loss of altitude, excessive banking to the left, and the obstacle proximity from the aircraft.

Sources:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001257984/chopper-crashes-into-lake-nakuru-shortly-after-takeoff-from-a-hotel
https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Helicopter-crashes-in-Lake-Nakuru/1056-4149230-eif5uq/index.html
https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Divers-find-clothes-of-helicopter-crash-victim/1056-4173696-5sthu9/index.html
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001260483/divers-recover-wreckage-of-ill-fated-chopper-at-lake-nakuru
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001350173/lake-nakuru-chopper-crash-pilot-was-drunk

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Download report: Final report

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Oct-2017 13:48 whteshark Added
21-Oct-2017 13:51 harro Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Oct-2017 13:55 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
22-Oct-2017 08:53 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
22-Oct-2017 15:39 whiteshark Updated [Destination airport]
22-Oct-2017 16:26 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
22-Oct-2017 18:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
05-Nov-2017 12:44 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
21-Nov-2017 00:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 07:54 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2020 20:34 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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