Date: November 08, 2008
Time: 11:00
Location: Between Kibo & Mawenzi Peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaroi, Tanzania
Operator: East African Air Charters
Flight #: ?
Route: Kampi ya Kanzi Airstrip - Loitokitok
AC Type: Cessna 206
Registration: 5Y-AOO
cn / ln: 206-01710
Aboard: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Fatalities: 4   (passengers:4  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: After taking off, the aircraft climbed to 12,500 feet. While cruising at this altitude, the aircraft was caught in a violent gust that initially pushed the plane upwards and towards the mountain. As the pilot tried to steer the aircraft away from the mountain, he realized that the airspeed had decayed to 40 kts., indicating an imminent stall. He decided to dive in order to gain air speed. As he did so the VSI indicated a rate of sink of 2,000 feet per minute while the airspeed remained at 40 kts. Visibility was poor and the pilot did not see the ground till impact at 14,399 feet. Four Italian tourists were killed. Only the pilot survived. It is therefore very likely that the aircraft was caught in a mountain wave that caused the sudden altitude gain and the subsequent stall.

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