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FlySax plane crash in Kenya, 10 dead





05.06.2018/ 14:02 UTC
Kenya/ Aberdare mountain range/ Elephant Hill

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (5Y-CAC), operating on Fly-SAX flight 102 from Kitale to Nairobi, Kenya, impacted a mountainside, killing all ten occupants.
The aircraft departed at 16:05 hours and was last seen on radar at 17:02 hours local time at 11000 feet. The wreck was located on the morning of June 7 at an elevation of 11000ft on Elephant Hill in the Aberdare mountain range.


21st JUNE, 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Ministry is this afternoon releasing the Preliminary Report of the aircraft accident involving Cessna Caravan 208B registration 5Y-CAC operated by the East African Safari Air Express Ltd (FlySax) that occurred on 5th June, 2018.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
This report contains factual information which has been determined up to the time of publication. The information in this report is published to inform the aviation industry and the public of the general circumstances of the accident. The sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident is for prevention of accidents and incidents. It shall not be the purpose of such an Investigation to apportion blame or liability.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Records indicate the following:
• The aircraft took off from Kitale airstrip at 1605hrs with ten persons onboard heading to Nairobi;
• The crew initially requested to route via GV a radio station at Ngong Hills and later revised the routing direct to AVENA (a GPS Waypoint fix) inbound to JKIA;
• Contact with the aircraft was lost at 1702hrs while enroute at 11,200ft and a speed of 156knots (289km/h). At time 1703hrs, the Approach Radar Controller reported loss of radar contact with the aircraft and immediately activated the Search and Rescue Mission;
• The Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID) received information from the Rescue Coordination Centre regarding the disappearance of 5Y-CAC from the radar at 1730hrs;
• The aircraft wreckage was located at 0645hrs on 7 June 2018 and it was found to have been destroyed on impact with terrain. All the ten persons onboard suffered fatal injuries and the bodies of the victims were extricated from the debris and recovered on the same day;
• The Crew was appropriately certified to fly the aircraft;
• The aircraft was in airworthy condition;
• The Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) did not deploy. The Antenna had broken off due to impact; and
• The Aircraft collided with terrain under instrument meteorological conditions in a straight and level flight.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement, AAID notified the State of manufacture of the C208 aircraft and the powerplant, and the State whose citizens suffered fatal injuries, respectively the National Transport Safety Board of the United States of America, the Transport Safety Board of Canada, and Fiji. The International Civil Aviation Organization was also notified of the occurrence.
Investigation of the accident involving 5Y-CAC to determine the facts, conditions and circumstances of the accident to establish the probable cause is ongoing.

Revealed: Why FlySax plane changed route before crash

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018 10:30

Owners of FlySax, the airline whose plane crashed in the Aberdares killing 10 people, are the ones who made a route change before the tragedy befell its crew and passengers, the Transport ministry says.
The ministry has dismissed reports that airport officials in Nairobi had told the crew to use an unfamiliar route over the dense forest in Nyandarua County.
Mr Gilbert Kibe, the director-general of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, on Thursday said the diversion made by FlySax on June 5 was for convenience.
No air traffic control
This contradicts earlier reports that the flight crew had been told to detour due to bad weather.
In fact, he noted, the crew told JKIA officials to expect the craft when it was already airborne.
“The reason why we found out after the aircraft got airborne from Kitale is that there is no air traffic control at the airstrip. So, after getting airborne, a few minutes later, is when the crew called our Eldoret Tower and Approach Control to inform them that they were airborne from Kitale and that they were flying to Nairobi,” said Mr Kibe.
At some point later, Mr Kibe said, is where the crew also mentioned that they wished to divert to JKIA.
“It is not true that anybody from our side ordered them to go to JKIA. It was at their request and it is normal that you can change a flight plan for whatever reason.”
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the crew had initially requested to route via a radio station at Ngong Hills but later revised the path to a waypoint called Avena in aviation circles, which is on the route to JKIA.
Pilot details
In the 11-page report prepared by the Transport ministry, fresh details have been released about Captain Barbara Kamau and her first officer Jean Mureithi, who perished alongside the eight passengers in the plane.
Captain Kamau, born in 1988, had been employed by FlySax in 2014 and had a commercial pilot licence that was to expire in May 2019.
By May 11, she had accumulated 2,352 flight hours.
The first officer was born in 1992 and had joined FlySax in 2017.
She had accumulated 301 flight hours by September 2017.
The Transport CS said both crew had been certified to fly and that the aircraft was airworthy.
Plane condition
Mr Martyn Lunani, the chief investigator of aircraft accidents at the Transport ministry, said the plane was capable of flying without the need of the pilot looking outside.
“This aircraft is certified to fly under instrument meteorological conditions. It means you can fly purely without looking outside, with reference to only instruments. I can confirm it was certified and it can fly in adverse weather,” he said.
Though the Transport officials did want to rule out any factors as contributing to the crash, they appeared to place less stress on weather.
Mr Lunani said investigators were concentrating on the communication that happened around changing of flights.
Further information in the preliminary report is that the plane was flying at 11,200 feet at a speed of 289 kph when it went off the radar at Elephant Hill at 5.02pm on that fateful day.
“Onsite examination of the wreckage revealed that the aircraft collided with terrain at a high-impact angle. The accident was not survivable,” reads the report, which adds that there was a small post-impact fire.
Mr Macharia noted: “The emergency locator transmitter did not deploy. The antenna had broken off due to impact.”
The report adds that the weather in the Aberdares that evening was “under the influence of a trough of warm air aloft”, and it contains a photograph from satellite imagery taken two minutes before the plane went off the radar.
The satellite image shows that the Aberdares area had a relatively heavy cloud cover, same as areas in north-western Kenya.
However, some details of the investigation may be left to conjecture because the plane was not equipped with either a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder.
“The aircraft was not equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. Neither recorder was required by the Kenya Civil Aviation regulations,” says the report.
The chief investigator said some components of the plane will be taken abroad for tests.


Plane crash: Pilots may not have known where they were
By Sam Gituku For Citizen Digital || Source:

Published on: June 9, 2018 12:58 (EAT)
The route that the ill-fated Fly SAX plane took has raised eyebrows within several quarters.
Normally, the Kitale-Nairobi route should take an hour.
Aircrafts plying the area normally pass over Eldoret through to Njoro in Nakuru, followed by Naivasha through to Ngong Hills.
It is at this point that all aircrafts approaching Nairobi from Western Kenya get clearance to land...
KCAA has since confirmed that the last contact with the flight was at 5:02pm when they were seeking clearance to start descending in readiness for landing.
Experienced pilots however estimate that the plane instruments used to guide an airplane to a destination may have failed.
This means that the pilots were unable to tell where they were and the direction they were heading to.
Another theory is that the pilots may have been diverted to an un-familiar route.
It is suspected that the flight might have been at a high speed unable to gain height to overcome Aberdare Hills.
The pilots may however have gotten lost just after Nakuru unaware of their location given the bad weather.
KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe in a statement said that investigations will focus on retrieving the wreckage of the plane to determine what may have happened.


Investigation reveal pilots of ill-fated FlySax aircraft ignored direction to fly high

A preliminary report into the probable cause of the June 5 crash yesterday said some components of the plane recovered at the scene were taken abroad for analysis and a report is expected in about a month’s time.
Presenting the report yesterday, Transport Cabinet secretary (CS) James Macharia said the aircraft was airworthy and the two pilots were experienced.
The CS refuted claims the pilot was misled by air traffic controllers to fly at 11,000 feet above sea level, instead of the 15,000 but declined to elaborate.
“The crew chose to fly at 11,000 feet they were cleared to go up to 13,000 feet but preferred to remain at 11,000 feet. The reason for that I do not know and I cannot say much because the matter is still under investigation. But the news that you are reading from media is false,” he said.
The CS insisted that the plane was well equipped and it was last serviced on May 14.
Martyn Lunani, from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Unit explained that the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was also in good condition, contrary to allegations that it was faulty which led to the delayed location of the plane.
The aircraft was flying at a speed of 156 knots (289 km/h) at the time the approach radar controller reported loss of radar contact with it.
A search rescue mission was activated a minute later but it was not after more than 48 hours later that the bodies were located at the Aberdare summit.
The ongoing investigations are being conducted by the ministry of transport, the civil aviation authority (CAA), and FlySax.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director General Gilbert Kibe hinted that the crew of the ill-fated plane ignored air traffic control directions to fly higher. Photo: KCAAA/Facebook. "We are going to give preliminary reports on Thursday, June 21, but it is wise you disregard media reports which show the incident was caused by air traffic controllers. The plane was well equipped and was last serviced on Monday, May 14, and was airworthy before the crash" Kibe added.
Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, a member of the committee, however reiterated that there was professional negligence on that day leading to the Aberdares crash that claimed 10 lives of the crew and passengers.
"It is basic logic to know the plane was flying on a lower altitude than expected. There was supposed to be someone to guide her to fly higher but nobody did so. How can we not call that professional negligence?" posed Wamalwa. David Pksoing, the committee's chairman, demanded that action be taken against those who would be found to have slept on their job leading to the tragic incident. All the people who were on board the plane have already been buried.


Among the 8 passengers on board were three foreigners: a Canadian, a father and son from the Fiji. The rest were Kenyan Nationals.
01. Captain Barbara Wangeci Kamau
02. First Officer Jean Mureithi
03. Mr Ahmed Ali Abdi,
04. Mr Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga,
05. Mr Khetia Kishani,
06. Mr Mataka Sakarai Thamani (55), father, Fijian
07. Mr Mataka Tekei Paula (15), son, Fijian
08. Mr George Ngugi Kinyua,
09. Mr Pinuertorn Ronald,
10. Mr Robinson Wafula.


10 человек погибли при крушении самолета в Кении

10 человек погибли при крушении самолета в Кении05.06.2018/ 14:02 UTC
Кения/ на вершине хребта Абердэр


Список членов экипажа и пассажиров

5 июня одномоторный пассажирский самолет Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (регистрационный номер 5Y-CAC) кенийской авиакомпании Fly-SAX, выполнявший внутренний рейс по маршруту Китале - Найроби, пропал с радаров на подлете к аэропорту назначения. 7 июня обломки самолета обнаружили на вершине хребта Абердэр к северу от Найроби. На борту находились двое членов экипажа и восемь пассажиров, все они погибли.



10 души загинаха при катастрофата на самолет в Кения


05.06.2018/ 14:02 UTC
Кения/ планинска верига Абердаре/ Слонския хълм

 Списък на членовете на екипажа и пътниците

Самолет Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (5Y-CAC) на FlySax (East African Safari Air Express) изпълняващ полет от Китале за (JKIA) в Найроби се разбил в района на резервата Абердаре, планински район смятан от местните за обиталище на бога Нгай. На борда е имало 10 души - двама пилоти (жени) и 8 пътници. Няма оцелели. Самолетът излетял със закъснение в 16:05 м. вр. и с първоначален планов маршрут Китале-Елдорет-Накуру-хълмовете Нгонг-летище Уилсън в столицата Найроби, но по време на полета от офиса на FlySax изискват от екипажа да промени маршрута и прелети над фиксираната GPS точка Авена, при което се скъсява маршрута до Найроби за да кацнат първо на международното летище Джомо (JKIA), където да оставят чужденците от пътниците, които бързат за международните си полети. Така маршрутът на полета се приближава значително до планинската верига Абердаре, където в южната ѝ част се намира третият по височина в страната връх Кинагоп (Слонският хълм с височина – 3906 м). По това време над Абердаре се стелят гъсти облаци и реално полетът се извършва по прибори на височина 3413 м със скорост 289 км/ч. Малко след поисканото разрешение за кацане на JKIA, в 17:02 м. вр. самолетът се разбива в подножието на върха. Открит е едва на 7 юни, тъй като при удара се счупва антената на радиопредавателя за извънредна ситуация.
Самолетът няма бордови самописци. Възникват множество въпроси.

Защо екипажът се е отклонил толкова от маршрута през точката Авена? Специалисти предполагат срив в навигационните му прибори (версия на Garmin-1000, дву или три дисплейен комплект използващ GPS навигация). Защо диспечерите от Накуру и JKIA не са го предупредили, че се е отклонил и се намира пред опасно сближение с планината? Според секретаря на кабинета на Министерството на транспорта Джеймс Мачариа екипажът получил указания да увеличи височината на полета до 3962 м, но ги пренебрегнал. Това обаче трябва да се потвърди от обективния контрол в Кулата.

Защо тогава диспечерът не е бил категоричен и настоятелен и да ги води така, че да избегнат препятствията?

Комисията счита инцидента за резултат от лоша комуникация и професионална небрежност в ръководството на въздушното движение. Разследването продължава.
В Гражданската авиационна дирекция на Кения (KCAA) сякаш времето е спряло.

След тази катастрофа сайтът им не е актуализиран повече. Директорът на агенцията г-н Жилберт Кибе е разпитван от комисията.

Точно срещу склона с останките от самолета има мащабно скално ваяние – лица изразяващи недоумение, гняв и тъга.

Дали древните са имали видение за катастрофата и са се опитали да ни предупредят остава загадка.
Легендата е, че свещената планина Абердаре (в миналото Сатима) е място обитавано от бога Нгай. Местни жители и в наши дни изкачват планината за да получат съвет от него.

В полите на планината под огромен явор се родили дъщерите на Гикую, прародителят на етноса Кикую съставляващ 17% от населението в Кения. Казват, че жените Кикую са истински мъжкарки - трудолюбиви, прями, фриволни, свободолюбиви и амбициозни. Вярваме, че кенийците ще получат нужния съвет от своя бог и вземайки правилните решения ще се справят с изпитанията и решат проблемите във въздухоплаването и живота си.

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