Safari Express F27 at Serengeti on Aug 31st 2014, lost height while enroute at FL170

Last Update: August 16, 2017 / 16:57:25 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 31, 2014

Classification
Crash

Destination
Nairobi, Kenya

Aircraft Registration
5Y-SXP

ICAO Type Designator
F27

A Safari Express Cargo Fokker 27-500 Friendship, registration 5Y-SXP performing a cargo flight from Mwanza (Tanzania) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 3 crew, had just reached cruising level 140 following departure at 19:26L (16:26Z) when radio contact with the aircraft was lost and a search for the aircraft was being initiated. Authorities ruled out the aircraft could have crossed into Kenyan Airspace. The following noon the aircraft was located near waypoint PANGI crashed and burned out in Serengeti National Park at approximate coordinates S1.89 E34.90 about 20nm short of the Tanzanian/Kenyan border, all occupants perished in the crash.

On Aug 15th 2017 the Dutch Onderzoeksraad (DSB, Dutch Safety Board) representing the state of manufacture of the aircraft, reported that Tansania's Authorities had finished the final report in 2015 concluding:

Due to the fact, that the CVR could not be read out and most of the parts had been consumed by fire, the cause of the crash could not be determined..

According to that report the aircraft was enroute at FL170 about 22nm southwest of the reporting point at the FIR Boundary Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi, when the aircraft disappeared from radar. The aircraft was located the following day about 20nm southwest of the FIR boundary, none of the occupants (2 pilots and a loadmaster) survived.

The wreckage was distributed over a distance of 350 meters/1150 feet and had been consumed by fire. CVR and FDR were found and recovered, however, the CVR was so badly damaged, that it could not be read out. The flight data recorder was successfully downloaded and showed the airspeed of the aircraft slowly decayed from 200 to 150 knots while maintaining cruise level. The altitude and speed began to fluctuate, the speed dropped from 150 to 63 knots within seconds, recovered to 123 knots and decreased again to 54 knots. Descending through 5861 feet AGL the aircraft had accelerated to 318 knots. The investigation did not find any evidence of an explosion on board.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 31, 2014

Classification
Crash

Destination
Nairobi, Kenya

Aircraft Registration
5Y-SXP

ICAO Type Designator
F27

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