Mid-air collision Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q 5Y-SLK, Tuesday 5 March 2024
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Date:Tuesday 5 March 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q
Owner/operator:Safarilink Aviation
Registration: 5Y-SLK
MSN: 574
Year of manufacture:2001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near Nairobi-Wilson Airport (HKNW) -   Kenya
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Nairobi-Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW)
Destination airport:Ukunda Airport (UKA/HKUK)
Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Safarilink flight F2053, a DHC-8-Q315 Dash 8 (5Y-SLK), and a 99 Flying Club Cessna 172M Skyhawk (5Y-NNJ) suffered a mid-air collision near Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), Nairobi.
The Cessna crashed in Nairobi National Park, killing both occupants, and was destroyed.
The Dash 8 safely returned to Wilson Airport. All 39 passengers and five crew on board were not injured. The aircraft sustained damage to the leading edge of the right-hand horizontal stabilizer.

The Cessna operated on a training flight and was performing touch-and-goes on runway 07.
The Safarilink Dash 8 was cleared for takeoff by the tower controller and the crew was told to look out for traffic upwind runway 07 (5Y-NNJ). The upwind traffic was also advised to look out for the DHC-8 departing runway 14.
According to the crew, while climbing through 400 ft, the captain had visual traffic to his 8 o’clock position which he described as being well clear of conflict.
At approximately 6,000ft, the crew heard a loud bang and felt an impact. The PIC felt an imbalance (a yaw) and immediately tried to recover stability of the aircraft. The PIC stopped climbing and leveled off at 6,200ft.
The flight then returned to WIL after reported a possible collision with another aircraft.
The collision is said to have occurred on the Cessna's early downwind leg.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAID Kenya
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Preliminary report




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05-Mar-2024 11:27 mathias220508 Added
05-Mar-2024 11:33 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2024 11:37 ASN Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2024 11:41 ASN Updated [Narrative]
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