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Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5H-EGG, Coastal Aviation: Fatal accident occurred November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA028
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial Coastal Aviation LTD.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 11 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 15, 2017, about 0805 coordinated universal time, Cessna 208B, Tanzanian registration 5H-EGG, operated by Coastal Aviation LTD., was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Ngorongoro, Tanzania. The pilot and 10 passengers were fatally injured. The passenger flight departed Kilimanjaro International Airport (HTKJ), Hai District, Tanzania, destined for Seronera Airstrip (HTSN), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the United Republic of Tanzania. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Air Accident Investigation Branch
P.O. Box 2819
Dar es Salaam
United Republic of Tanzania
Tel.: (255) 22 212-1530
Fax: (255) 22 212-2079

This report is for informational purposes and contains only information released by the Government of Tanzania.

Arusha — Bodies of 11 people, who on Wednesday perished, when a chartered plane belonging to Coastal Aviation crashed at Empakaai near Serengeti National Park were yesterday identified, it has been reported.

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft 5H-EGG carrying a pilot and 10 passengers was flying tourists from Kilimanjaro and Arusha to Serengeti National Park, when it went down in the Ngorongoro Crater at about 8am. Reports have it that before falling, it spent about 30 minutes going around due to poor visibility before the pilot decided to defuel it.

Two directors of the renowned Tourism Organization in Arusha Nassibu Mfinanga and Shatri Mfinanga are among the people killed in the aircraft crash.

Speaking at the scene of accident, one of the relatives of those killed, Mr. Rick Thomas, said the directors on November 11 organised a special event, which was attended by the organisation's management aimed at helping one of the orphanages in Arusha.

Karatu district commissioner Theresia Mahongo said the recovered bodies were taken to Arusha for identification.

For his part, the Ngorongoro deputy chief conservationist, Dr Maurus Msuha, said cooperation between villagers and the rescue team made the operation easier.

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