Sunday, September 02, 2018

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B, 5R-MKF: Fatal accident occurred June 18, 2018 in Ampandrialaza, Ampangabe, Madagascar

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA180
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 18, 2018 in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 18, 2018, about 0615 local time, a Piper PA-31 airplane, 5R-MKF, impacted terrain about 5 nautical miles from the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, Madagascar. The pilot in command, two pilot observers, pilot monitor, and one passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was operated by Madagascar Trans Air as an instructional flight under the pertinent civil regulations for the government of Madagascar.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau des Enquêtes des Accidents et Incidents de l'Aviation Civile (BEAC). This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the BEAC. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from: 

Bureau des Enquêtes des Accidents et Incidents

de l'Aviation Civile (BEAC)
Ministère des Transports
Rue Jules Ranaivo
Anosy, Antananarivo
Tel.: (261) 20 22 24604
(261) 20 22 44757

Lors d’un vol de routine, selon les informations qui circulent, un avion de type PA31 Navajo immatriculé 5R-MKF s’est crashé à Ampangabe Ambohitrimanjaka dans la matinée du 18 juin 2018.

Il s’agit d’un avion de la compagnie Madagascar Trans Air (MTA). L’appareil avait en son bord 5 passagers selon toujours les informations partagées sur les réseaux sociaux. Malheureusement, ce crash aurait fait 4 victimes sur les 5 passagers dont un enfant. On attend encore de plus amples informations sur cet événement malheureux.

ANTANANARIVO - An airplane belonging to a private company crashed in Antananarivo on Monday killing all five people on board, the Civil Aviation of Madagascar said in a statement, without disclosing the cause of the accident.

The Piper PA 31 aircraft operated by Madagascar Trans Air, a private airline company, crashed in the western suburbs of the town on Monday morning.

"The light aircraft, belonging to the airline MTA, was victim of an accident ... for reasons that are still under investigation," ACM said. "Unfortunately, all the occupants died in this accident," the statement added.

The plane was on a training flight in the immediate vicinity of Ivato airfield in the main airport in Antananarivo.

"A regulatory investigation was launched by the Civil Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau team," ACM said.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5Y-CAC: Fatal accident occurred June 05, 2018 in Njabini, Kenya

Captain Barbara Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi were killed in the plane crash. 

The eight passengers were Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Pinuertorn Ronald, Matakasakaraia Thamani, Wafula Robinson, Ahmed Ali Abdi, Matakatekei Paula, Ngugi George Kinyua and Khetia Kishani.

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA165
14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 05, 2018 in Njabini, Kenya
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 10 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 5, 2018, about 1705 local time, a Cessna 208, 5Y-CAC, collided into a mountain in the Aberdare mountain range near Njabini, Kenya. The 2 pilots and 8 passengers were fatally injured; the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned and operated by East African Safari Air Express. The flight was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of the government of Kenya. The flight departed Kitale Airport, Njabini, Kenya about 1605 local time with a planned destination of Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Kenya. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Kenya. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

The Chief Investigator of Air Accidents, Kenya
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
P.O. Box 52692-00200
Tel.: +254 770 111 333 or +254 722 778 773
Fax: 254 2 822195

The two pilots who were killed in the plane crash that occurred in the Aberdares will be buried this weekend.

A death announcement in a local daily said Capt. Barbara Wangechi Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi will be laid to rest on June 14 and June 15 respectively.

The cortege will leave Montezuma Funeral Home on Thursday for the funeral service of Capt. Kamau at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Nairobi.

She will then be buried at Karura Kanyungu in Kiambu County.

Capt. Kamau was an alumnus of the United States International University-Africa (USIU).

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.

Aircraft flying 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.

They can either land at Wilson Airport in Langata or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Embakasi.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), though a plane may be diverted to land at JKIA instead of Wilson Airport, it does not mean the route will change.

This raises queries as to how the Fly Sax plane found its way into the Aberdare ranges.

The usual route preferred by most pilots is a safe corridor between the Mau Forest and the Aberdares.

It allows easy maneuver at 11000 feet above sea level, which is the the altitude that the ill-fated plane is said to have been.

The plane apparently detoured just after Nakuru into the Aberdare Forest, a route which is far off from the Nairobi-Kitale one.

This change of path only happens if there are obstacles along the way such as poor weather conditions.

Pilots are expected to return to the normal route as soon as the situation is resolved. Pundits claim that pilots should have knowledge of a route before taking off.

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.

According to engineers, Cessna planes ordinarily have no blackbox that would give leads as to what may have caused the crash.

Zlín 242L Guru, B-LUK: Accident occurred June 24, 2018 in Ma Shi Chau Special Area near Tai Po, Hong Kong, China

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA202
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Hong Kong, China
Aircraft: ZLIN Z242L, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 24, 2018, at 1638 local time, a Zlin Z 242 L airplane, B-LUK, was substantially damaged when it collided with the ground near Ma Shi Chau, Hong Kong, China. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated in accordance with the pertinent regulations of the Government of China.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of China. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of China. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Accident Investigation Division, 

Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong SAR 
Additional information can be obtained from:
Mr. Jonathan HO
Phone: (852) 2910 6929 
Fax: (852) 2326 3654 

A pilot escaped with minor injuries when the light aircraft he was flying crashed on Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail near Tai Po.

The aircraft, which had no passengers, crashed at 4.30pm yesterday.

The 23-year-old pilot was rescued by the coast guard and taken to Prince of Wales Hospital around 5pm.

Police said he was conscious when he was taken to hospital, even though he had injuries to his face, was bleeding from his forehead and nose, and had a swollen mouth.

A source said the pilot was flying solo. He flew from Shek Kong but experienced technical difficulties near Ma Shi Chau before crashing on the Nature Trail.

Some villagers heard the crash and called police. A witness posted on Facebook that he and his brother rushed to the site and saw that the pilot was still in the aircraft. They took him to the coastline, where he was picked up by the coast guard.

The Civil Aviation Department said the light aircraft, a Zlin Z42, belongs to the Hong Kong Aviation Club. The registered number is B-LUK.

The Air Traffic Control Tower was informed by the Fire Services Department that a light aircraft had crashed.

The fuselage and wings of the aircraft were damaged.

The department is investigating with the help of the Hong Kong Aviation Club.

There were no report of any damage to buildings and no one on the ground was hurt.

Ma Shi Chau is located east of Sam Mun Tsai in Tolo Harbour, and is connected to another island, Yim Tin Tsai, by an isthmus that can be crossed at low tide.

Two years ago, a 59-year-old pilot flying a Zlin Z42 above Lo Fu Wat in Tai Po died after his plane crashed into the sea.

The aircraft also belonged to the Hong Kong Aviation Club.