Mara crash of LET 410 causes loss of life


In a breaking news development in Kenya it was reported that Mombasa Air Safaris suffered a fatal crash in the Masai Mara at Ngerende airstrip near the Mara Safari Club, with both pilots of the aircraft killed as well as at least one passenger. At this moment of reporting it could not be established if the plane crashed upon landing or take off and what the circumstances were such as weather or the presence of birds in the flight path. The Czech built LET 410, a 19 seater twin engined turboprop aircraft proven to perform at both higher elevations and high temperatures, was reportedly destroyed in the crash. According to Wikipedia information on the airline, in 1998 a 19 seat LET 410 crashed immediately after takeoff from Ol Kiombo airstrip in the Masai Mara. No passengers were on board. Both pilots died. The accident report found no technical problem and cited possible pilot error with the flap settings.
More details about the current crash are being sought, such as how many passengers were on board, were possibly injured or escaped unharmed and updates will be filed as soon as this information has been received.
Watch this space closely. Meanwhile are condolences expressed to the families and friends of the two pilots, and any other casualties this crash has caused.