Two crashes – very different outcomes

TWO WALK AWAY FROM LIGHT AIRCRAFT CRASH IN KENYA WHILE FOUR ARE NOT SO LUCKY IN CONGO CRASH

(Posted 28th August 2014)

A privately owned light aircraft crashed earlier in the week when taking off from Manda Island / Lamu when it apparently developed mechanical problems in the phase immediately after leaving the ground. The pilot and one passenger however walked away from the wreckage with only scratches while the plane of yet to be determined make – all known right now is that it was a single engine, four seater aircraft, was damaged beyond repairs on impact. The information received says the plane was owned by a local hotel, the Manda Conservation Hotel and Safaris. The destination of the flight could also not be ascertained.

Meanwhile were the crew and two passengers of a Congolese registered LET410 9Q-CXB, operated by Doren Air not so lucky as they all perished when their aircraft crashed last weekend. The Czech built LET410, a twin engine turboprop widely used across Eastern and Central Africa, was at the time of the crash 32 years old after entering service first in 1982. The cargo flight with apparently four on board, 2 cockpit crew and two other individuals, was enroute from Bukavu, a Congolese town located at the Southern end of Lake Kivu, to the Kama Airport which is located about 144 nautical miles from Bukavu. The stricken aircraft carried reportedly some 1.5 tons of cargo and vanished soon after takeoff. A search conducted when radio contact was lost eventually found the burned out wreck near the village of Mulume Munene, some 30 kilometres from the takeoff point. Condolences are expressed to family and friends of the crash victims.

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